- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
As he closes in on a decision, 2014 running back Racean Thomas visited the University of Alabama on Saturday for the Ole Miss game. The trip gave him a chance to talk with the coaching staff and become closer with them.
“It went good,” Thomas said. “I got to talk to a lot of the coaches. They were just really trying to get me down there a lot more to come to a couple more games, really just to get a better feel and develop a better relationship with all of the coaches.
“I already feel pretty close to them. They’re already pretty much like family. They always welcome me in.”
On his visit, Thomas said he had a private talk with the UA coaches about his upcoming decision. The in-state prospect already has good idea of where he wants to go and believes he could pull the trigger soon.
“They were pretty much rotating in every back, and they were getting all of the backs on the field as much as they could,” Thomas said. “They were trying to keep a fresh back in at all times. It was good to see that.
“It gives me an idea that I can really get on the field early and get early playing time as a freshman.”
On Friday, Alabama picked up a commitment from ESPN 150 athlete Derrick Henry, who projects as a running back for the Tide. They already have ESPN 150 backs Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny committed for 2013 and in-state running back Bo Scarbrough committed for 2014.
However, Thomas sees the incoming talent in the backfield as an advantage.
“It doesn’t concern me at all,” he said. “It’s really something that I’m looking forward to, because that would only make that program better and make all of us better. We would really want to compete every day, every practice and every game.”
Although he remains close to making a decision, the ESPN Watch List star says he’s still receiving mail from Florida State and Michigan, who have both yet to offer. He visited Auburn last weekend.
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