By: DeBartolo Sports Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA - The Tide made it clear to class of 2016 quarterback Augie DeBiase that they want to see more of him, when he met coaches during an unofficial visit to the University of Alabama on September 20. While in Tuscaloosa, the Florida Junior also took in the game against his home state's Gators.
DeBiase still has a year to go in high school, but is already getting a mailbox full of interest from some of the top football programs in the country. His visit to Alabama went well, and he told us in an interview after the visit that the coaches there are doing the right thing to make players want to come to their school.
The visit included more than just a view of the 'Bama-Florida game from the sidelines. DeBiase was also shown around some of the campus and told about the university and its football program, including that they look for players who have something extra, whether that's good grades, leadership, or something else. This "ands vs. buts" philosophy was something DeBiase could really get on board with.
The coaches are definitely interested in the Fletcher High School quarterback, telling him to keep working and sending films of games, and that they do want to see more of him. The admiration seems to be mutual, too.
"I definitely could see myself playing there," DeBiase said.
However, this is far from the last visit DeBiase has planned. He is set to head to Georgia this weekend, with Virginia Tech and Indiana visits both in the pipeline. He's also waiting to hear from a few other schools about potential visits, with more than a few invitations to send his film.
This season will have a big impact on what happens for DeBiase. With a 2-1 record, Fletcher has had a good season so far, with DeBiase playing an important part in the games. He's already just under 500 yards for the season, with 6 passing and 1 rushing touchdowns.
That kind of performance seems to be standard for DeBiase, who continues to go from strength to strength as his game develops. With his round of recruiting trips under way, it should be interesting to see what inspiration he gets on the field from watching some of the season's biggest college games. He has said that seeing the players he knows and has trained with (Alabama quarterback David Cornwell) reminds him that his goal is within reach.
After his meeting with the 'Bama coaches, he seems focused on what he needs to do to stay on their radar and on those of other coaches. With the best part of two seasons left to play at Fletcher, DeBiase is definitely one to watch, and it won't be a surprise to see how he rises through the national rankings.
With offers on the table from Virginia Tech and Indiana, he's not committed to any college just yet. After a great visit to Alabama and some positive words about the team and coaching staff, it seems possible he's not too far away from having a third offer coming through.