- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban made a trip to ESPN headquarters Monday, but he made a point to get back and visit with ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman Dallas Warmack (Atlanta/Mays), who was in town for a visit. Warmack, whose brother, Chance, was an All-American for the Tide last year, was a priority for Alabama.
It was a good thing the UA coach made it back in time because the younger Warmack committed before he left town. However, it wasn’t Saban who sealed the deal. It was new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.
“I visited Alabama today and met with Coach Cristobal,” Warmack said. “He showed me the schemes they run and how it would fit with me. I was already in love with Alabama. I just had to check out Coach Cristobal, and I fell in love with everything he was doing there.
"I already knew about Coach Saban, the team. I saw the new facilities for the first time, and I loved it. They have a room just for the offensive line. It was a huge room and had all the All-Americans that went there. I fell in love with it.”
If it’s not already, Chance Warmack’s name will be on that wall. Although Dallas says he didn’t choose Alabama because of his older brother, it still had an impact on his decision.
“I’ve always loved Alabama,” Dallas said. “I’ve been going there since I was 10, so I guess it made a big difference.”
Even with all trips to Tuscaloosa and memories of Alabama, Dallas says his favorite memory came Monday when he gave his verbal commitment to Saban with his family by his side. He hadn’t talked to his brother yet, but he planned to call him on the way back to Atlanta.
The 6-foot-1, 295-pound offensive lineman becomes the Tide’s fourth commitment for 2015, joining fellow ESPN Junior 300 stars Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Ga./Carver), DeSherrius Flowers (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) and Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark).
Warmack had offers from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, but he doesn’t plan to take to any visits to other schools.
“I’m done. I’m committed,” he said. “I wanted to commit before my junior season because I wanted to focus on my high school team. It also had to do with making a relationship with my coaching staff in the two years before I go there. And they said they’re going to honor my scholarship even if I get hurt.”