November 5, 2007

McCarron impressed by UA effort

St. Paul's quarterback AJ McCarron has captured plenty of early attention as a junior earning attention from major programs from around the country. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound signal caller, a member of the Rivals 100 to Watch for 2009, was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's thrilling contest with LSU and came away with a strong impression of the Crimson Tide.

"I've been to a lot of Alabama games but that atmosphere this weekend was great. There was a lot of excitement around that game and the fans were insane. I went up there Friday night after the game with my teammate Andrew Miller and it was already crazy," McCarron said. "Before the game everyone was excited and getting pumped up. In the stadium the student section was really crazy. They were asking me all kinds of questions and telling me to come to Alabama. It was great.

"The players and coaches were all pumped as well. It was an exciting place to be. Coach Saban told me he was a little nervous and a lot excited about the game. It was a game between two great programs and the atmosphere was what you would expect and even more."

McCarron was treated to one of the most thrilling SEC games of the season and said he was impressed with the Crimson Tide's effort in their near-upset of the No. 3 Tigers.

"I was impressed with the way Alabama fought back after being down 17-3. They showed a lot of heart. I knew it wasn't going to be a blowout because the coaches had Alabama ready for the game. They got down early but showed a lot of character fighting back," McCarron said. "The game was back and forth and it was impressive to watch and think how far Alabama has come this year. You can tell they are making strides as a program and that is exciting to watch."

"You can tell what kind of program that Alabama is trying to build because all you have to do is look at the talent LSU had. 17 of their starters were recruited by Coach Saban so he knows what he is doing. He told me he was trying to get his kind of players in there for his system and it's only a matter of time before he does."

Coming away from his most recent Tuscaloosa visit, McCarron said the Tide remain a factor in the race for his services but he's not looking at making a decision any time soon.

"I've got the same offers but I'm hearing a lot from Notre Dame who I think is close to offering. They are sending me a lot of stuff," McCarron said. "Right now I'm only focused on my season. We are headed into the playoffs and we want to win a state championship. I have plenty of time after the season to think about recruiting."

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