TUSCALOOSA, Ala. “Wilkin Formby is no stranger to the Alabama campus. The four-star offensive tackle hails from Tuscaloosa and has familiarized himself with the Capstone many times before. Although that didn’t stop him from using one of his five official visits to take a closer look at the Crimson Tide over the weekend.
“I got to see a deeper version of Alabama,” Formby said. “It was longer, a few days in a row, so I enjoyed that part.”
Formby is ranked 10th in offensive tackle and 83rd player overall in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound lineman is one of Alabama’s biggest targets in the trenches as Crimson Tide coaches covet his massive frame and quickness and athleticism off the line. melee.
“They say they want tackles,” Formby said. “As most people know, the tackle position is very thin there. They want length, but they want guys who are athletic and physical and very serious about the game. I would totally fit into that for sure.
Formby said his biggest draw to Alabama is his ability to develop offensive linemen. The Crimson Tide produced nine first-round picks on the offensive line during the Nick Saban era, including one in each of the last four years.
Another factor working in Alabama’s favor is Formby’s relationship with first-year offensive line coach Eric Wolford, who began recruiting him from Kentucky before joining the Crimson Tide staff in January.
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“I’ve known Coach Wolf for over a year now, and I have a really good relationship with him. He’s a really cool coach. He’s a great coach, very intense, that’s what you want. He has a great personality on and off the pitch.”
While Formby grew up rooting for the Crimson Tide, he’s put his fandom aside since schools started recruiting him in recent years. Alabama was the lineman’s third official visit after stops at Ole Miss and Oklahoma. He’ll head to LSU next weekend before rounding things out with a trip to Tennessee in a few weeks.
Formby has been called a skinny Ole Miss by some. Although he admits to having a good relationship with the Rebels staff, the lineman refutes those claims, stating that his top five teams are all tied at the moment.
“I definitely wouldn’t say anybody is leading the race right now,” Formby said. “I just want to take my visits and pay close attention to each visit and take note of what I like and what I don’t like.”
Having completed his official visits at the end of the month, Formby is looking to sit down and weigh his options before making his college decision around mid-July.
“For me, my biggest dream is to play in the NFL,” Formby said. “I want to go to a place where I can develop the best and where I’m big on development. What’s really important is to be comfortable somewhere because that’s how you develop best. I want to go somewhere where I feel most comfortable and where I have good connections.