Fanuzzi to see Alabama

The next official visit for Miami-commit Nick Fanuzzi is coming up this weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder made a commitment to Miami in late March of last year, but with the coaching changes, is looking over his options. Fanuzzi's father, Mike Fanuzzi, says that they understand the Hurricanes are looking for the "right guy" in an offensive coordinator before making that announcement.
At the same time, Fanuzzi's father and his son are just making sure they've evaluated all options. That continues with an SEC visit up next.
"Nick is going to Alabama this weekend," Fanuzzi's father said about his son's next official visit. "We understand that coach Randy Shannon at Miami is trying to get himself the best possible guy for the job at the offensive coordinator position. At the same time we have to cover our bases.
"We understand where he's coming from and they have to understand where we're coming from on these other visits."
Fanuzzi's father says that Alabama has extended an offer along with Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Purdue. Oklahoma was a school that looked to be involved early, but with the commitment of Keith Nichol have filled up that spot.
The visit to Alabama wasn't a spontaneously planned trip, according to Fanuzzi's father. The Fanuzzi's have a connection to new Crimson Tide assistant coach Major Applewhite.
"Nick has some ties to coach Applewhite," Fanuzzi's father said. "He worked with him when Major was at Texas at different camps over the years. My daughter went to Texas and new Major as well.
"Alabama is obviously a tradition-rich program. We had looked at Alabama last spring before anything took place with his commitment. We took a trip to see schools like LSU, Florida, and Alabama. The facilities are great, Nick Saban has a proven track record, and he's developed a good program wherever he's been."
As for what's after the Alabama visit, Fanuzzi's father says that's hard to say at this point.
"Several people want us to go on trips and we'd have to narrow it down," Fanuzzi's father said. "There are five or six schools we're interested in, but we've only got two visits remaining."