Like Smith, who is ranked 227th, Lattimore was taken aback by Alabama, and he talked at length about his time on campus.
“It was a great trip,” Lattimore said. “The camp was nice that we went to. I feel like me and my teammates got better, too.
“It’s all about team there. They seem like a family down there. Just the structure of the team, I can see why they win national championships.”
The two noticed just how impressive Alabama was, and it had nothing to do with the fact Nick Saban's crew has won three out of the last four national championships.
Neither player felt out of place, even though the cornerback and safety were miles away from home.
“It was like what everybody says it’s like,” Smith said. “The campus and the coaching staff was cool. It’s a down-to-earth program. As soon as you walk on the campus, the dudes are huge. You can tell they’re a dominating team. The atmosphere of the program was amazing. It didn’t matter that I was from Ohio. As far as me going far away, it doesn’t really matter.
“I always watched Bama. I didn’t know I had a chance to play for Saban. Right now, I’m taking it all in. They’re a school of interest.”
That coaches took the time to give instruction during a very busy camp helped as well.
While the two said they will take other official visits -- they each mentioned Ohio State as one -- Alabama certainly stuck out upon first glance.
“They say I have great talent and they love me at Alabama,” Lattimore said. “It really humbles me. I hadn’t seen them before, so I didn’t know how they were. I got to see it and I like it.”