Alabama will make a huge visit on the recruiting trail Wednesday with one clear goal in mind.
Nick Saban and assistants Bo Davis and Mario Cristobal will travel to Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School to speak with the nation’s No. 1 player, Rashan Gary, according to his mother Jennifer Coney. The No. 1 goal for Alabama on this trip is to get Gary to take an official visit to Tuscaloosa the weekend before National Signing Day. Right now, that weekend is open for Gary.
At this point in his recruitment, most in the recruiting industry feel like Michigan will hold a big edge when it comes time for him to announce his commitment on signing day.
Coney has been most impressed with Michigan’s academic pitch, and that’s a huge sticking point when it comes down to her son’s decision.
“They (Michigan) have the Ross School of Business. The way their academics is structured I just feel that the weight of the degree is better,” Coney told SEC Country in November. “That’s my feeling. I may be wrong. That’s just how I feel. I feel Michigan’s academic plan, plan for success, not even for football players but as for student body in general is just important.”
What may be the most interesting part of this visit for Alabama and the Gary family is Coney’s comments, or lack thereof, about her thoughts on Saban.
“No comment,” Coney told SEC Country in November.
At the time, Coney said she had barely spoken to Saban because of his busy schedule. She also feels like Alabama runs its program like a “boot camp.”
“I think he would be super successful (at Alabama),” Coney said. “Would he be super happy as he is being successful? I don’t know. Because to me at Alabama is all work, no play.”
This sure should be an interesting visit for both parties, and I’m sure there are lots of questions that need to be answered.
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