Hamsah Nasirildeen recently said Alabama and Florida were his top two schools, but he forgot to name another SEC team.
South Carolina is also in the mix for the 4-star safety from Concord (N.C.) High School. Nasirildeen said all three schools are tied for the lead for him.
When it comes to why the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect is interested in Alabama, he summed it up succinctly.
“I love winning and they have a great history of winning,” Nasirildeen told SEC Country.
Alabama has won four national championships in the past seven years. On his most recent visit to Tuscaloosa, which was back in April for A-Day, Nasirildeen said he fell in love with the campus. He was surprised to see the Crimson Tide fans treat their spring game like an actual fall Saturday.
“Alabama is all that you think it is,” Nasirildeen said. “The fans are great and the stadium was great when I visited there.”
The U.S. Army All-American will visit Alabama once again in a little more than two weeks. He will be on campus July 17-20 for one of Alabama’s summer camps. He said he wanted to visit for that long because it is likely going to be his last trip until he takes an official visit there this fall.
Nasirildeen visited Gainesville this April for Florida’s spring game, and he said the environment there was much different than Alabama’s, and that is a good thing for the Gators.
“I really can’t explain it that well, but the coaching staff at Florida — I wouldn’t say they’re more friendly — but the way they just talk to you is different,” Nasirildeen said. “I connected with them.”
Alabama outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi is Nasirildeen’s primary recruiter. The nation’s No. 12 outside linebacker (he plays OLB for his high school, but is being recruited at safety for Alabama) said Lupoi is a “really passionate guy,” and he likes that.
He does not have a commitment date set. His father told him once he had that feeling when he was 100 percent sure, that is when he should commit. Nasirildeen bounces back-and-forth with his leaders. One day he likes Alabama, the next South Carolina and then a week later, Florida. He is not ready yet.
But if he did commit to Alabama, he knows what the main reasons are for why he’d choose the Crimson Tide.
“They put a high level of kids into the NFL and they graduate a high number of players each year,” Nasirildeen said. “They win a lot of national championships, too.”
Nasirildeen is rated as the state of North Carolina’s No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2017. He’s one of the Crimson Tide’s top targets at safety along with 5-star JaCoby Stevens and 4-star Montaric Brown.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny