August 12, 2011

Future Forecast: QB Eddie Printz

After an impressive summer at various camps and 7-on-7 tournaments, Lassiter, Ga., quarterback Eddie Printz has seen his recruitment begin to pick up.

The 2013 signal caller picked up offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina State and is also receiving strong interest of late from Florida and South Carolina. Printz visited Florida over the summer and has plans to be at South Carolina over the weekend.

The University of Alabama has also been keeping close tabs on Printz, and there's a strong level of mutual interest between the Crimson Tide and the Georgia native.

"(Coach McElwain) said they were interested, and I'm definitely interested in them," Printz said. "They have a great thing going for them, one of the best (programs) in the country. I like how it's a pro-style offense and how their run and pass is a good mixture. They have great facilities. I like the campus, and they have a winning tradition."

Printz didn't make it to UA's camp this summer, but he was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's 7-on-7 tournament where McElwain kept a close eye on the Lassiter High School star.

"When we were at their 7-on-7, we came in second, and Coach (Jim) McElwain had filmed every snap of Eddie's," Printz's father, Ed Printz said. "He also came up and talked with Eddie. He's just a really nice guy, very hospital while we were there. He told Eddie they'd be in touch."

In February, Printz visited Alabama for one of the Crimson Tide's junior days and after spending the day touring the campus and facilities. He was one of only a handful of players who was invited into UA head coach Nick Saban's office.

"It felt awesome," Printz said. "Only a few kids are hand-picked to go do that, so when I was picked, I felt pretty honored. He told me he watched my film and that he was interested. He likes my decision-making, and he wants me to keep coming back."

During both visits to UA, Printz enjoyed a tour of the campus and fell in love with Bryant-Denny Stadium. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback got a chance to play in the Tide's stadium at the 7-on-7 tournament.

"The stadium is gorgeous," Printz said. "On junior day, we went by, walked in and saw it. Even at the 7-on-7 tournament, we played two or three games on it. That's where the championship was held. It's outstanding.

"The fan support is just another thing that's amazing about Alabama. I like the campus. I like how it's a big population, big campus, and I just think it's a great place."

Printz is still looking for an offer from Alabama, but according to his father, the UA staff wanted to find its quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class before really addressing the position for 2013.

"They said at the time when we were there they wanted to figure out their 2012 (quarterback) situation," Ed Printz said. "We haven't heard since the quarterback from Texas committed, but not much has been going on. Their season started, and I think they're going to focus on that. I expect it to pick up in maybe two or three months.

"We understand the recruiting game is a marathon, not a sprint. We're going to visit one of the games this year and then come back again in the spring and see what's happening."

Over the summer, Printz visited Alabama, Duke, Florida, Mississippi State, SMU and Tennessee. He's in the process of setting up a visit to Boston College for a game this fall and plans to return to Tuscaloosa for a game.

He hasn't really thought about any favorites at this point but would like to make a decision next summer before his senior year.

This is part three of a four-part series featuring potential quarterback targets for Alabama in the 2013 class.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.










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