Tallahassee, Fla, running back Johnathan Vickers grew up an Alabama fan, so when UA head coach Nick Saban pulled him into his office and told him he had an offer from the Crimson Tide, he couldn’t help but smile.
“I wouldn’t say I was shocked, but I was overwhelmed,” Vickers said. “I couldn’t hold my smile back. I was just very excited and thankful.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound back earned the scholarship offer with his performance at Alabama’s camp on Sunday and Monday. Even with all talent on hand, he still made an impression on the UA coaching staff.
“There was a lot of competition there, great competition, but I stood out to the coaches,” Vickers said. “They were great to me. I liked them a lot, and they got me going. I think it was a good camp.
“The [coaches] said I had nice size, and I was young. I was quick out of my movements, and I could turn the corner real well and stay low, so they were very impressed about that.”
Vickers already had offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss, but he says the Alabama offer puts the Tide out front for now. He’s also receiving interest from Auburn, Oregon and South Carolina.
“I just loved Alabama when I came up there,” Vickers said. “The facilities were great. The coaches were great. I felt a lot of love from the coaches, and that just put it over the top.
“The facilities are probably the best in the nation. I took a tour of the stadium, and it was very nice. It was big, as big as I’ve seen. It made me want to play there, and I just can’t wait to get out there.”
The rising junior plans to wait until the end of next summer before making any kind of decision.