- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
When Geno Smith first visited the University of Alabama, he fell in love with it. That’s the one of the main reasons he signed with the Crimson Tide in February.
The ESPNU 150 defensive back plans to enroll at UA this summer, but his first order of business before that is trying to recruit his high school teammate and 2014 star Nick Glass to Alabama with him. Glass visited Tuscaloosa over the weekend for the first time.
“We’re best friends,” Glass said of Smith. “He really helps me out with this recruiting thing, and he’s always telling me that he knew I would fall in love with Alabama at first sight. I guess I have to give it to him on that one. I loved it.
“Everything went well. I went to the meeting rooms, watched practice and got a chance to talk to the coaches. Practice was intense, high-tempo out there. It was just great.”
Glass played primarily at safety last year for St. Pius X High School, but at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, the Tide coaching staff said he’s versatile enough to possibly play three different positions if he comes to Alabama.
“They were just talking about how the roster is always changing and how they intend to reload every two years,” Glass said. “They said I could be versatile on their defense, playing Will linebacker. They already know I can play safety, and they want me in camp to see my hips so I can play corner as well.”
On his visit, Glass didn’t get the UA offer he was hoping for, but he believes it could come very soon. He already has 17 offers from schools like Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.
With an offer from Alabama, he says the Crimson Tide would be in his top group.
“They just have an overall winning tradition,” Glass said. “It doesn’t get any better than Alabama, great coaching staff, great players, players that buy into it and one of the biggest fan bases I’ve seen in awhile.”
It’s no wonder Smith signed with Alabama, and it can’t hurt the Tide’s chances that he’s now helping Glass, his friend and teammate, with the recruiting process.
“He says don’t look on the outside of a program because everybody can have the best weight room and all the flashy stuff,” Glass said. “Try to look inside and see if the players buy in and what the coaches are doing. Will the coaches be there for all your years and things like that.”
At St. Pius X, the two formed a dynamic duo in the secondary, and they’re hoping to continue that success at the next level, possibly for Alabama.
“He’s trying to get me to commit,” Glass said. “We only allowed two touchdowns in the secondary last year, and he’s always telling me, ‘I know we would dominate if you come.’ That’d be true.”
Glass already had plans to come back to Tuscaloosa for the Tide’s spring game on April 14. He was expected to visit Georgia Tech on Monday and also wants to visit Georgia soon.
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