"I got sick during Christmas, and I lost a lot of weight," Taylor Pharr said. "I sat down with my coach, and we decided I needed to fully concentrate on my future. I am back in the weight room preparing myself for Alabama."
The Shades Valley lineman didn't see many wins during his high school career, but he is expecting big things in Tuscaloosa after the Tide finished with a 10-win season and a bowl victory in the Cotton Bowl.
"The bowl win was great," Pharr said. "Alabama is back, and the victory in the bowl game was huge for the program."
"I think the future is going to be really good. If we can get one more offensive lineman in this year's class we'll be good to go. Everyone just has to keep working hard. We are all excited about the future."
Pharr had a lot of fun hanging out with the players, and he enjoyed eating like royalty.
"The food this weekend was great," he said. "We ate like kings. It was great. Everything went really good. I had a wonderful time, and my parents had a lot of fun as well."
"We went to a few house parties. We hung out at Brodie's [Croyle] house a lot. My host was Cody Davis. He was a real cool guy. We had a lot of fun together."
The time spent with the current members of his recruiting class was a special part of Pharr's weekend as well.
"It was really great to see everyone again," he said. "I hung out with Charlie Higgenbotham, David Ross, Andy Davis and Lee Tiffin. We all had a good time together. It was a lot of fun."
"It was great to go into the locker room and put on the jerseys. That was one of my favorite things we did this weekend. Going out into the stadium was really cool."
Pharr is uncertain of his role in the fall as he stated, "I talked to coach [Mike] Shula for a little bit about what is going to happen this fall. We talked about red-shirt and coming in ready to play. I am going to keep working hard in the weight room. I plan to enroll for the second session of summer school."
While most of the official visitors were verbal commits to the Tide, several top uncommitted prospects were in town as well. Pharr talked with two of the top prospects on Alabama's recruiting board.
"I talked to Andre Smith and Greg McElroy," Pharr said. "I don't know Andre too well, but I talked to him as much as I could. It would be really great if we could get him."
"I talked to Greg a lot," Pharr continued. "He's a real good guy, and he hung out with us a lot. My parents and his parents hit it off pretty good. They all had a good time together."
Pharr plans to return to Tuscaloosa for several Tide basketball games as well as the A-Day game.