September 16, 2007
Fluker blown away on UA visit
The Crimson Tide's 41-28 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks was a huge achievement on the field for Alabama but may have an even bigger impact on the Tide's recruiting. Among the high-profile recruits attending the game in Tuscaloosa was monstrous junior defensive tackle D.J. Fluker, a member of the Rivals.com 100 to Watch for 2009. The 6-foot-7, 325-pound lineman from Biloxi (MS) drove into town for the Tide's showdown with the Razorbacks and came away very impressed.
"I drove down Saturday morning and hung out all day and then watched the game. It was very nice. I had a good time. I loved the atmosphere. It was so intense there and I was just blown away. It was phenomenal. When they scored the crowd went crazy. It was so loud. I really don't even know how to describe it," Fluker said. "The game was a hard fought win for Alabama. There wasn't a lot of defense but I think that was because the offenses were just that good. I know the Alabama defense played hard and never gave up. I was impressed by the coaching and style they played. It wasn't from lack of effort. They stood strong when they had to."
"I talked to Coach Saban after the game and he asked if I enjoyed the game and I told him I did and wanted to come back. He took time to talk to me and he had a lot going on. I was impressed with that. Coach (Lance) Thompson also spent some time with me."
Fluker's experience in Tuscaloosa was enough to put the Tide out in front for the 2009 star.
"Alabama is my favorite. They are on top of everyone else. I love the school and everything they bring to the table. It's a great situation for me from a player standpoint because I love the way the coaches teach and communicate with their players," Fluker said. "I know they can help me become a better player and they are building something special. I feel very comfortable around the coaching staff and players.
"Another thing that stands out is the academics and how important that is to Coach Saban. The players get a lot of one-on-one time and they have every advantage. I want to get a degree."
While the Tide has the early edge, they'll have plenty of competition for Fluker's signature as the junior has already received well over a dozen scholarship offers.
"I think I have 18 written offers. They've come in pretty fast so I haven't been able to keep up with all of them but that sounds right," Fluker said. "Outside of Alabama I also like Auburn, Clemson, Florida and LSU. That would be my top five right now but Alabama has the lead. I've been the most impressed with them."
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