Max Tuerk has picked up big-time offers especially from West Coast schools so it was especially noticeable when the Santa Margarita, Calif., offensive tackle landed his first SEC offer from Alabama on Wednesday.
Tuerk said it's a huge offer and he definitely wants to visit Tuscaloosa before making his decision which shouldn't happen for many months.
"It's awesome," Tuerk said. "The offensive coordinator, coach (Jim) McElwain was at my school my sophomore year, last year, and we hadn't really talked much during the year and then he was by last week and then I talked to coach (Nick) Saban (Wednesday) and they offered me a scholarship.
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"It's definitely huge. He's a great coach and he seems like a pretty awesome guy. I'm really excited about that. I definitely want to get a visit out there. If not this summer I want to take one of my official visits down there."
Any offer from an SEC school is something to strongly consider, especially one from the Crimson Tide and Tuerk, a 6-foot-6, 294-pound prospect, said he knows it's a big deal. Rivals.com rates him No. 103 in the 2012 class.
"They're an SEC school and they're the first SEC school to offer me," Tuerk said. "I just want to see what it's like down there. A lot of people have told me how awesome it is down there, how great of a coach (Saban) is and I just want to see it for myself."
Boston College also offered the California prospect and he said the Eagles' coaching staff hadn't been too involved with him but he's definitely excited about that offer as well knowing the offensive line tradition in Chestnut Hill.
Since Tuerk plans to take his official visits and hold off making a decision for a while, Boston College certainly has lots of time to get more involved in his recruitment.
"They've been pretty laid back in their recruiting," Tuerk said. "The first time I talked to somebody was (Wednesday) and I know it's a great school, definitely a great offensive line tradition and it seems like a really good place."
In total, Tuerk has now been offered by Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, Cal, Colorado, Duke, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Virginia and Washington. He's still waiting on USC and Stanford to offer.