Allan Walters, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, spent four days at the University of Alabama, and he left impressed.
Walters, a 2018 four-star prospect from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School, told SEC Country that he can see himself in an Alabama jersey when it comes time to make his decision.
“They blow me away every time,” Walters said. “The facilities, the atmosphere, the coaches, the hospitality — it’s just an amazing place to be at as a student and as an athlete.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder doesn’t have an outright leader right now, because he says it’s too early in his recruitment. When it comes time to make a top schools list, Alabama will make the cut for him.
“I still have some other schools to see, but you can say they are at the top of my list and aren’t going anywhere,” Walters said.
During his four-day stay in Tuscaloosa this past weekend, Walters got to see two spring practices, meet with academic advisors, tour Bryant-Denny Stadium, see the dorms and spend time with family that came down from Nashville to see two of their children who attend Alabama.
He also spent a considerable amount of time with both Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Walters said Saban made it clear to him how big of a priority he is to the Crimson Tide.
“(Saban) got closer to my family,” Walters said. “He was just stressing the need to me of QBs in the next two classes and how I have the opportunity to come there, so I will be coming back this summer and take it from there.”
What may have impressed Walters the most was his time spent with Kiffin, who he really didn’t know too well before this trip.
Walters said Kiffin talked to him about his vision for the offense, and how he plans for the quarterbacks to operate from a no-huddle look more this season. Walters’ big takeaway from practice was just how much Kiffin stresses tempo to the QBs.
After watching Kiffin work at practice, Walters delivered some high praise about the offensive coordinator.
“He’s very smart, “Walters said of Kiffin. “He knows the game better than anyone. He connects with his quarterbacks well and really teaches them a lot about reads, the offense and where to look.”
One of Kiffin’s quarterbacks, David Cornwell, told Walters what it takes to be a signal caller for the reigning national champions.
“It’s different and you have to work hard,” Cornwell said, according to Walters. “Not everyone can be an Alabama football player. It comes with a lot. You just have to be tough and stay focused and you will be successful.”
Walters, who is rated as the No. 1 recruit in New Jersey by 247Sports, said he believes he has what it takes to be a quarterback at Alabama.
“I can see myself there as a college student and just as a football player,” Walters said.
He plans on making a commitment to his school of choice this summer.
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.