April 18, 2011

Fla. WR enjoys extended stay at UA

Wide receiver Chris Black was one of the bigger names on campus for A-Day this weekend, and the Jacksonville, Fla., native enjoyed an extended stay at the University of Alabama, arriving Thursday and staying through Sunday.

"It went great," Black said. "That was my second time up there, and the coaches and players all acted the same as they did from the first time. They really showed a lot of interest in me, and they want me as a player."

On his visit, Black got a chance to watch practice on Thursday and toured the campus for the second time, but what really stood out on this trip was Saturday's A-Day game and the support the fans showed for a spring game.

"The thing that stood out to me about the whole A-Day game was seeing how dedicated the fans are to the team," Black said. "At the spring game, they had more fans than some teams get for a regular season game. That was pretty exciting to me."

During his trip, he was also able to talk with not just his main recruiter and position coach, but just about every coach on the UA coaching staff.

"I spoke with Coach (Nick) Saban, Coach (Mike) Groh, pretty much the whole staff," Black said. "I like how I have a relationship with the whole staff at Alabama.

"They told me the same thing that they have been preaching to me. They could use another explosive receiver after this year, especially with Maze, Hanks and Gibson leaving. It would be an opportunity for me to go there and make a name for myself."

With those key departures in the receiving unit after next year, Black said he believes Alabama may give him the best chance to come in and make an early impact, but he also knows he still has to work for playing time regardless of where he goes.

"To me, Alabama probably has the most opportunity for me to play early, but wherever I go, there's going to be competition," Black said.

Even though Black felt like this weekend's visit raised his interest in Alabama, he's not yet ready to name the Crimson Tide his leader or make a decision. Black said all three of his top schools, Alabama, Florida and Florida State, are all the same.

"The visit definitely helped," Black said "Going down there really increased my interest in the University of Alabama, but it's pretty much even with all three schools. I still want to get a feel for all three schools and make sure I make a good decision."

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