Alabama football recruit transfers to Georgia for senior year (UPDATED) **

One of the nation’s top-rated defensive ends is moving to Georgia for his senior year of high school football.

LaMichael Fanning, who has committed to BCS champion Alabama, will enroll at Harris County High. His former athletics director at Auburn (Ala.) High confirmed to the transfer to the Opelika-Auburn News.

“He has some family situations that are going to need to be attended to back in Harris County,” said Auburn High’s Clay McCall told the newspaper. “He and his mother will be going back. You have to put family before the sport you play, and this is a situation where family needs to come before football.”

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Fanning played at Harris County as a freshman, Callaway (Ga.) as a sophomore, and Auburn High as a junior. Fanning played “sparingly for the [Auburn High School] during the semifinal run last year, subbing in mostly on passing downs and recording two sacks. His role on defense was expected to be much bigger this year, as he fully integrated into Auburn’s schemes.”

Auburn High football coach Tim Carter said Fanning was a “different player this spring,” beginning to realize his outstanding potential. Carter also told the News that there was no truth to the rumors that Fanning left the high school because of harassment from the community from committing to Alabama over the hometown favorite, Auburn University.

Will the transfer to a Georgia high school help out UGA with recruiting Fanning? Unlikely, but Fanning appears to be looking around a little bit. Fanning pledged to Alabama coach Nick Saban in April, but made an unofficial visit to Auburn last week, according to Rivals. He told the website that while he remains committed to the Crimson Tide, he wants to check out other schools. Fanning also considered UGA, Florida and Clemson, among his many offers.

36 comments Add your comment

Home boy

June 26th, 2010
10:38 pm

Who is bill sanders? the creep writes an article trying to make COACH Fox look as if he did something wrong by asking such a question and then not opening the article for comments. this is negative reporting by an unknown creep. quit taking up ajc space with this nonsense. whether or not fanning stays home or goes back across the river will be determined later.. i guess we sill see.

longtimedawgfan

June 26th, 2010
10:56 pm

no chance Fanning will leave Alabama…the Harris County Principal is crimson to the core…:)

Pago Pago Dawg

June 27th, 2010
12:00 am

Sounds like a problem kid…the DAWGS don’t need him.

Special K

June 27th, 2010
12:02 am

Can someone tell me how this kid is a problem. Just wondering? Would love to see a link.

DZ

June 27th, 2010
12:43 am

Not a problem kid…the DAWGS can’t have him.

GoldenDawg

June 27th, 2010
2:46 am

Have you guys seen him play? He didn’t even start at Auburn High.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

June 27th, 2010
4:30 am

Strange, with all of those offers, he was mainly a sub? Usually subs arent highly recruited by SEC powers such as Bama, Florida, Georgia, LSU. Either he has grades issues, character issues, or some other unknown problem interferring with his play. Why else would he not play, yet be so highly recruited?

Michael Carvell

June 27th, 2010
5:41 am

@GoldenDawg, UGA owns … recruiting will always be about potential. Not production, but potential. Not what you have done, or what you can do today, BUT what you may do in the future. Many bigger kids have yet to scratch the surface with their athletic potential while in high school.

[...] Tide recruit transferring to Georgia high school for senior year: Will the transfer to a Georgia high school help out UGA with recruiting Fanning? Unlikely, but Fanning appears to be looking around a little bit. Fanning pledged to Alabama coach Nick Saban in April, but made an unofficial visit to Auburn last week, according to Rivals. He told thewebsite that while he remains committed to the Crimson Tide, he wants to check out other schools. Fanning also considered UGA, Florida and Clemson, among his many offers. [...]

Joe Pa

June 27th, 2010
7:28 am

If this kid does have character issues, what better fit than to play for Nick Saban?

jerry

June 27th, 2010
9:13 am

Joe Pa: Do you have a problem with putting people down? Or are you just jealous?

Billy O

June 27th, 2010
9:24 am

I agree with home boy…..that was a cheap shot at CMF…..CMF said the kid EARNED the scholly. Sanders…..if you’re going to ask a question…..let us answer it.

t

June 27th, 2010
9:27 am

I agree – sounds like he has more problems that would be worth – wish the best for him though!

poopdawg

June 27th, 2010
10:23 am

The lack of playing time would not be grade or character issues . Those issues would prevent him from being on the team. Sounds like a big kid that is just maturing. I question his talent and or heart because with that size and if he’s being recruited by the big SEC schools , most kids should be dominating by their junior year.

bruce mac

June 27th, 2010
10:32 am

HUH? The kid is a trouble maker or has issues because he is transferring? What a bunch of numb skulls. Of course these are the same idiots that proclaim a UGA football player a thug because he gets a traffic ticket. Numb Skulls all.

Special K

June 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

Why is it that when a kid decides to play somewhere else “He is a thug” , “We don’t want him” , “Not very good” . When he agrees to play for you, he is the greatest ever. Can’t have it both ways. Here puppy!

JV

June 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

Ha ha, made me click, nice headline.

Dawggone

June 27th, 2010
6:32 pm

MC thanks for at least planting the seed for UGA to step in to the picture – it could happen. Thanks from all Dawg fans – keep up the good work.

larry johnson

June 27th, 2010
11:24 pm

He has been a problem everywhere he has been, great potential no doubt but let him go to Alabama, he will have a hard time at any college, he already quit on Coach Parks once at Harris County.

SouthGaball

June 28th, 2010
2:11 am

This is a little strange. A 6′ 6 275 High schooler and You play sparingly your junior year? . And you’re highly recruited by the top schools in the southeast….Looking at these few clips .I see nothing that would warrant the intrest of these schools other than this kid being bigger than the others kids on the field.

[...] Tide recruit transferring to Georgia high school for senior year: Will the transfer to a Georgia high school help out UGA with recruiting Fanning? Unlikely, but Fanning appears to be looking around a little bit. Fanning pledged to Alabama coach Nick Saban in April, but made an unofficial visit to Auburn last week, according to Rivals. He told thewebsite that while he remains committed to the Crimson Tide, he wants to check out other schools. Fanning also considered UGA, Florida and Clemson, among his many offers. [...]

TedH'64

June 28th, 2010
8:18 am

One of the nation’s top-rated defensive ends is moving to Georgia for his senior year of high school football: He can’t be top rated for what he did last year so it must be because he had an offer from U of A? These rating services are worthless. If Fanning had committed to Tenn or even LSU, would he all of a sudden be a “top rated” defensive end?

nobody

June 28th, 2010
9:25 am

haha. This guy is leaving Auburn High School because he committed to Alabama. Id be scared too.

JG

June 28th, 2010
10:02 am

longtimedawgfan is on to something. There are rumors Fanning wasn’t going to qualify so he might have moved back to get his grades up. AHS isn’t going to help out a bammer commit.

CDAWG

June 28th, 2010
10:45 am

I would take this kid in a heart beat. Cmon over to UGA and be part of something spectacular.

Les W. Moore

June 28th, 2010
11:09 am

You can bank on it… Nick Saban is always scheming. I suspect he’s throwing out offers to kids all over the south who are marginal in order to fool the programs like UGA and LSU who seem to struggle with talent evaluation. But if he cannot qualify, then he is better off at Bama where reading at an 8th grade level is considered an accomplishment.

GA Boy

June 28th, 2010
11:19 am

different high school every year for four years???? Harris, Callaway, Auburn and back to harris. Sounds very fishy on the personal side.

bjohndawg

June 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

Okay…most of the opposing players are way smaller than him. No technique,just big size and a bull rush. What is more impressive …he seems to have good speed for that size. I can see Saban licking his chomps saying ” We can teach this guy to be a DE beast.”

Dawgtime

June 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

I have never seen such “grown” people acting like gossip queens. This is a good kid that will sign with Alabama. Stop all the gossip and drama. Go get a life and a job. It is funny to me to hear men complaining about women gossiping. What is all this stuff?

Jay

June 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Kids that go to two or three different high schools never
pan out in college. Much less four different schools. This should be a serious warning sigh for anybody recruiting this kid.

Delbert D.

June 28th, 2010
4:34 pm

Saban is a genius. He uses complex mathematical formulas to achieve the scholarship numbers. These guys have figured out his tricks:

http://oversigning.com/testing/

CANINE NONSNSE

June 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT BEING 2ND TIER/FLORIDA’S BEE-OTT-CHA cdawg??!! LADIES & GENTLEMEN WE HAVE WINNER….BJOHNDAWG IS CORRECTO MONDO!!!!

johnny

June 28th, 2010
8:43 pm

I know the kid. Unfortunately, he’s a troubled young man who will never make it unless someone steps into his life to teach him about maturity

BigFIsh

June 28th, 2010
9:43 pm

Wake up and smell the coffee…..when a kid has been to 3 high schools in 3 years, you don’t think that’s a red flag ?

Know it all

June 29th, 2010
5:38 pm

Maybe he has family issues?
Maybe the guy starting ahead of him last year was a beast?
Maybe the team used a different scheme and he transferred in to late to pick it up.

Maybe you couch potatoe, non sports playing, keyboard bravado having know it alls should give teh kid a break and not jude him with out knowing the facts.

Ronald Jenkins

June 30th, 2010
7:08 pm

This kid has family issues to deal with. He went to Middle School and Freshmen year at Harris County. His move back to Harris County will be no easy task on the field or in the classroom. He will benefit from this move by having a strong support group around him whom have supported him since his younger years. This kid has had too many people telling him how great he is and using him up whether he was on the basketball court or the football field for years and if anything this has hurt him more than helped. Give the kid a break. He has enough to deal with without all the negatives!