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Sunday, January 13, 2013
LS Cole Mazza enjoys Tide official visit

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The official visitor who made the longest trip this weekend was Alabama long snapper commitment Cole Mazza. He flew to UA from Bakersfield, Ca., but it was well worth the trip.

“It was cool,” Mazza said. “I met all the new recruits and all the incoming freshmen. They took us around the campus and showed us the new facilities, the new weight room coming in. I just got to meet new people, meet a lot of the recruits, and they gave us a sign of what’s going to be going on when I graduate here in May.

“When the guys took me out the first night to hang out, I wish I would’ve enrolled early. It was awesome. It was everything I wanted my official to be, and it made me want to go there 10 times more. It made me so much more excited to graduate.”

During his visit, Mazza hung out with all three of the quarterbacks who enrolled early from the 2013 class -- Cooper Bateman, Luke Del Rio and Parker McLeod. He also met some of the current players on Sunday including defensive back Vinnie Sunseri.

The player who he took away the most from was the player who he’s replacing, former Crimson Tide long snapper Carson Tinker.

“He was cool,” Mazza said. “We already kind of have a relationship. We text every now and then. He just told me I have all the tools to be great. As long as I work hard, do all the things they tell me to do, do it right and never stop going, I should perfectly fine to excel in the program and help at the next level. So he gave me some pretty good advice.”

Mazza met with the entire coaching staff over the weekend, and he even had some one-on-one time with head coach Nick Saban on Sunday.

“I met some of the new coaches that I haven’t met before,” Mazza said. “I had my one-on-one with Coach Saban today. It was more of a personal talk rather than a business talk. I saw a lighter side of him today, like he was kind of joking around at the house.

“He took us to his boathouse. We rode on his ATVs. It was more of a fun day rather than a business day. He was just trying to get us to relax and have fun on our official.”

Mazza, the nation’s No. 3 long snapper, plans to arrive at UA in May.