Tanner, Ala. (WHNT) As a wide-eyed sophomore with the Rattlers, Chadarius Townsend was thrust into his first start at quarterback. Townsend's performance immediately caught the eyes of college football coaches across the south, and after one weekend in Tuscaloosa he had himself an offer.
Back in June, Nick Saban spoke to Townsend after a solid performance at Alabama skills camp and offered a scholarship to play with the Crimson Tide. It didn't take long for Townsend to commit, but he did wait several weeks to make it publicly known. Tanner head coach Laron White played his college ball at Alabama and knows it's difficult to make it from a small school.
"It's special because it's hard now a days. It's hard for a 1A, 2A and 3A type kid to get a scholarship from a big school. You have to be special which he is, I think the speed put him over the top and the community is proud of him," White told Chase Horn this week at practice.
The speed is pretty obvious just watching Townsend play, and there's no question his ability is worthy of division one. Nick Saban's biggest challenge was convincing a life-long Auburn fan to play football in Tuscaloosa.
"It was a good environment there in Alabama and I felt like everything was good," Townsend said before practice. "Went up there to Auburn and I knew Alabama was better so I knew I couldn't be a fan any more."
Townsend and the Rattlers put their undefeated record on the line this Friday night at Tarrant.