Alabama is making it clear that Jaleel Laguins is a wanted man in Tuscaloosa.
Laguins, a four-star Georgia linebacker commit from Oconee County High School (Watkinsville, Ga.), welcomed both Nick Saban and Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt into his home on Thursday. Laguins joked that he felt a little uneasy at first.
“It was definitely the first time I was uncomfortable in my own house,” Laguins laughed. “Just the intimidation of having Nick Saban in your living room — that right there just makes you want to sit upright. I’m in my own house, and I’m supposed to walk around in my boxers, but no, I had to put on some khakis and a button down.”
The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder told SEC Country that the meeting between him, his family and the Alabama coaches lasted around 45 minutes. In that time, the Crimson Tide made inroads at potentially flipping his commitment down the road.
“I would say it has improved, especially with Nick Saban coming into my house,” Laguins said. “Having the head coach himself coming to see you lets you know that you aren’t just a number. You’re a guy that they want. The same can be said for Smart when he comes to my house. That just lets me know that I’m not a number.”
Alabama was the first school to stop by his home. The U.S. Army All-American said Georgia assistant Glenn Schumann is supposed to stop by his high school on Friday before Laguins heads to Florida for an official visit. He did say that Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is supposed to have an in-home visit next week when he returns from Gainesville.
As far as his status with his commitment to Georgia, Laguins said he is still solid with the Bulldogs.
“I am committed to Georgia, but I am still going to take my official visits,” he said.
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