- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Alabama has proved that it will search far and wide to find the best talent, and the Crimson Tide went all the way up to Canada to find its latest offensive line prospect, David Knevel. The 6-foot-8, 274-pound senior tackle visited Tuscaloosa on Saturday with his father, Mark Miller.
“I think our experience was better than we expected,” Miller said. “We loved the campus. They have great football facilities, a large coaching staff. They take care of their student athletes there on the academic side, plus you have to work hard to be the best you can, to be champions.”
Even though he lives in Ontario, Miller has followed the Tide over the years, and both he and Knevel were excited to see the facilities firsthand.
“It’s amazing,” Miller said. “Personally, I watched college football for years, and of course, I know about Alabama and I watched Alabama play on TV the last few years. They’re a great team. They play fundamental football. They play hard. So it was neat to be at the place where this all comes from.”
The UA coaching staff first saw film on Knevel this summer, and it piqued their interest. Both head coach Nick Saban and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland like what they see from Knevel, but they want to get to know him better first before offering a scholarship.
“They’ve been talking to David for about six weeks now, so they wanted to see him,” Miller said. “Now they’re going to do their due diligence. They’re very interested, that’s what the offensive line coach said.
“We spoke to Coach Saban, and he said being from Canada, they don’t know everything about him. That’s what they want to do now, learn more about him and do some research. They’re all impressed with his talent, but they want to know more about him, his background and everything.”
Knevel already has offers from Missouri, Purdue, Toledo, Washington State and Wisconsin, and he’s taken visits to Boston College, Buffalo, Iowa and Michigan State. On his way to Tuscaloosa, Knevel and his father also made a stop at Vanderbilt on Friday.
“Vanderbilt was really working hard when we were there, and the coaches there were really excited about Vanderbilt’s future,” Miller said. “James Franklin is a very positive, energetic coach.”
Knevel has one official visit set up to Purdue on Oct. 6 for the Michigan game. His father said he would like to come back to Alabama as well.
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