If you're in the Midwest, why do you want to go to Alabama/ the SEC? There are plenty of decent Big 10 (and other) schools in the Midwest that I would recommend long before Alabama. For that matter, there are good ACC schools in the east and good PAC 12 schools in the west. The south is probably the last region I would recommend going to for a distance runner.
Cost is a big factor. They have huge academic scholarships. I may go to a school in my state but I'm curious about Alabama.
I can't afford to go to any out of state school unless I get a large scholarship of some kind.
Other SEC schools have large academic scholarships too but Alabama has arguably the best.