March 6, 2011

WR has Tide in top two after visit

With the University of Alabama losing three seniors at wide receiver after next year, the Crimson Tide is looking for depth and Chris Black of Jacksonville, Fla., has emerged as one of its top targets.

Black, an explosive 5-foot-11, 170-pound wideout, already had Alabama among his favorites, but after a trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for junior day, he now considers the Tide to be in his top two.

"Right now I can definitely say Alabama and Florida State are my main two," Black said.

It was the first time Black had set foot on the UA campus, and both he and his family came away impressed with the entire visit.

"My family and I were definitely impressed," Black said. "I've been to other schools, and Alabama was probably the most impressive from the facilities to the coaches, the players, just everything. I was impressed with everything."

After attending the Alabama-Georgia basketball game in the afternoon, the Florida native got a chance to sit down and meet with the coaches. It was the first time Black had met new Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh.

"I got a chance to meet with pretty much every coach," Black said. "I really got a chance to meet with Coach Groh. I can tell he's a good coach. He's a down-to-earth guy, pretty cool, and easy to get along with, just like the rest of the coaches there.

"They told me how they want to use me as a player and where I fit in with the program. After this upcoming season, they won't have much depth at receiver, and they're looking for that next explosive guy, a guy they can get the ball to."

Despite being undersized, Black has the speed and quickness to make up for it. He says one of his biggest strengths is running after the catch and compared himself to former University of Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who also hails from Florida and now plays in the NFL.

As a junior at First Coast High School, Black finished with over 900 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns.

In addition to Alabama and Florida State, he also holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami (FL) and Notre Dame. After arriving back home Sunday, he didn't waste any time planning a return trip to Tuscaloosa.

"We're already planning on going back April 16 for the spring game."

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