Among the many elite players at the Alabama camp earlier this week was John Reid. The 2015 defensive back from Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's spoke at length about his most recent experience in Tuscaloosa.
"I got down there on the first day of the camp and I was doing everything that day on one hour of sleep," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Reid. "I feel like I did well in drills but the competition period was very tough. My energy level wasn't as high as I would have wanted it to be. I still feel like I did pretty well. I think I got better each day, especially working those coaches. You can't help but get better around them.
"I saw most of the campus," he said. "That was my second time there. I went down to Tuscaloosa during my freshman year to help with the tornado relief. The new facilities were ridiculous. Everything was just so nice."
Reid spent some one-on-one time with the Crimson Tide coaches.
"I got to talk to a lot of coaches," Reid said. "I'm not sure I have a favorite. They're all really good coaches. When I met with Coach Saban it was easy to see that everything they say is true. He's one of the best in college football."
"I got to talk a lot with Coach Cristobal because he knows my coach really well," he said. "He is a great dude and works really hard. We are really big fans of the Alabama staff.
"I sat down and talked to Coach Greg Brown," said Reid. "He's a very down to earth guys and we talked about everything, football and family.
"They really didn't tell me when I might get an offer," he said. "The coaches said that Coach Saban goes through a process. For me, going down there wasn't about getting an offer, it was about learning from the best and seeing what I can improve on."
With well over ten offers in hand and having taken many visits, Reid is already a seasoned veteran on the recruiting circuit.
"Every school is on the same level," said Reid. "I've just been to Penn State more because I have some close friends up there. It's also the closest. I've been to Rutgers a lot too. Right now there is no clear-cut leader even though I always get caught wearing a Penn State hoodie."
With the season quickly approaching, there are still a few place Reid would like to check out.
"I'm in Georgia right now but I don't think there are any coaches around," he said. "I would like to visit Georgia or Notre Dame before the season starts."