TE Kurt Freitag commits to Alabama over Florida

Florida or Bama? Buford TE Kurt Freitag picks Monday

Florida or Bama? Buford TE Kurt Freitag picks Monday

Buford High School tight end Kurt Freitag, who committed to Alabama over Florida on Monday, believes the Crimson Tide deserved a spot in the BCS championship against LSU.

“I was at the first LSU-Alabama game, and it was the most unreal atmosphere I’ve ever seen,” Freitag said. “I think there should be a rematch because they’re the two best teams in college football. I think Alabama should be given another chance. It should be a really good game. It’s always hard to beat a team twice in one season, but LSU is really good.”

Alabama beat out Florida for the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Freitag. “I liked the coaches and the football program. The facilities are top of the line, and they have a great football tradition like Buford does. It’s not too far from home, and every time I’ve visited there it was a positive atmosphere. They’ve got some of the greatest fans in the country. I think by choosing Alabama, it will set me up for success in the future.”

Freitag is the second Buford senior to commit to Alabama, following in the footsteps of AJC Super 11 linebacker Dillon Lee. “It wasn’t a package deal,” Freitag said with a laugh. “I mean, when we were sophomores, we talked about playing together in college. It worked out that way … but we each picked Alabama for our own reasons.

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just sayin'

December 6th, 2011
5:59 am

good for him…geaux dawgs….

bigtime

December 6th, 2011
6:54 am

Welcome to Title Town, Kurt. Roll Tide 8-)

Brown Dog

December 6th, 2011
7:33 am

well done, Kurt. Et tu Jordan?

cajdawg

December 6th, 2011
8:01 am

Look at the rationale for his decision.

Alabama beat out Florida for the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Freitag. “I liked the coaches and the football program. The facilities are top of the line, and they have a great football tradition like Buford does. It’s not too far from home, and every time I’ve visited there it was a positive atmosphere. They’ve got some of the greatest fans in the country. I think by choosing Alabama, it will set me up for success in the future.”

Not once does he mention academics. It is really disheartening to see kids leave the state for the Tuscaloosa cesspool. I can understand if a kid leaves the state for ND, UNC, Florida, Texas…all quality academic institutions.

BobDawg

December 6th, 2011
8:08 am

Good Luck, Kurt!

BamaBornDukie

December 6th, 2011
8:20 am

@cajdawg….

Please STOP HATING!

Big Earl

December 6th, 2011
8:27 am

@cajdawg is just speaking the truth about academics. Truth hurts sometimes.

RxDawg

December 6th, 2011
8:31 am

Oh come of cajdawg… I’m sure if he was asked about academics then he would of talked about academics. But he was asked why he chose one football program over the other, so he talked about football. Geesh man, a positive about something is not a negative about another.

SECIsFootball

December 6th, 2011
8:33 am

I love how UGA fans throw our academics when a kid has no interest in your school. I was reading a blog on here the other day and a GT fan made an academics comment and a UGA fan slammed him saying academics talk on a FOOTBALL blog is for fans of a crappy football team. I couldnt agree with him more!

blord

December 6th, 2011
8:35 am

Cajdawg I hope you’re not saying thUGA has academics for its football players. Do you not remember the Jim Harrick test and Jan Kemp?

Brown Dog

December 6th, 2011
8:45 am

Cajdawg: Funny you should mention academics, givent the rumors circulating around a certain UGA runningback.

texastech

December 6th, 2011
8:47 am

That’s right, everytime I hear someone talk about academics they mention Georgia right up there with ND, UNC and Texas. Are you kidding me? No one outside of Georgia would even think of putting them in the class with the other schools mentioned in this post.

Matt

December 6th, 2011
8:49 am

@cajdawg yeah, cause you guys are sooo far superior to UA in academics… http://university.pikimal.com/university-of-georgia/vs/university-of-alabama

JDawg1785

December 6th, 2011
9:08 am

Congrats to this young man! Good luck at Bama.

secbama

December 6th, 2011
9:23 am

Great job Kurt. Just look how many passes Chris Smelley caught this year. Bama uses the TE! Roll Tide.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 6th, 2011
9:26 am

Florida is losing recruits for one reason. They had a bad year on the field and they have a head coach who is unproven as a head coach. Players see Saban as a ticket to the NFL and everyone knows that Bama players get “perks” that most recruits don’t get. Remember those $2,000 a month apartments several players were living in until it got investigated by the NCAA and the players suddenly moved out? That is hard to compete with if you go strictly by the rules. In my mind LSU should be playing Okie State for the championship but the “powers” that be (money talks) got Bama in to the game. LSU already beat Bama on Bama’s home field and we don’t need a replay of the “Field Goal” game of the century. My prediction will beat Bama again, more decisively, in New Orleans.

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 6th, 2011
9:27 am

hope lee switches though—————–free-tag is a fine ball player—–jaw-ger should have

—————–recruited him as a full back—-white boy runs well—-hahahahah—–good luck

———-hope you transfer home in a year

dawggirl

December 6th, 2011
9:39 am

“Remember those $2,000 a month apartments several players were living in until it got investigated by the NCAA and the players suddenly moved out?”

I thought that was South Carolina.

Barner B. Jones

December 6th, 2011
9:47 am

cajdawg- If top-notch academics at an institution was the top priority with these recruits, GA blue chips who desire to stay in-state would always opt for Tech over the four-year Community College located in Athens. Uga will never be an elite public institution such as Michigan, Uva, Tech, Texas and UCLA.

Vince

December 6th, 2011
9:49 am

Glad to see the State of GA still supplying AL,FL,SC, and TN with all of our football talent !!!!!!!!

Barner B. Jones

December 6th, 2011
9:57 am

Uga-Ri-Duh- Get your facts straight before you foolishly attempt to post your mindless gibberish. In 2010, some SC players while living in an extended-stay hotel in Columbia, were paying 1/3 of what rooms actually cost per month.

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cajdawg

December 6th, 2011
10:13 am

ATLANTAROLL: “Alabama is Alabama – and you Ain’t……”

Yes, that is true. Thank God.

TXDawg

December 6th, 2011
10:23 am

He picked Alabama because UF already has two higher ranked TE committed. That was a no brainer who he would pick.

will munney

December 6th, 2011
10:49 am

deserves got nothin to do with it, kid.

ROLLTIDE10

December 6th, 2011
10:56 am

Could not be happier to have Freitag in Crimson/White! Roll Tide! Great young man, athlete, and person. Lots of talent and can only see him getting better in contributing to Alabama football in the next 4 years! Definitely a player to keep your eye out for…

Special K

December 6th, 2011
11:09 am

Go away puppy trolls.

ButtHurtDawgFan

December 6th, 2011
12:13 pm

Let’s see here, the SEC is about to win their 6th or 7th National Title in a row.

Are the VAUNTED Georgia Bulldogs on this list? bwahaha, no

In summation 32 years and counting, you will get them next year boys…..probably not!

ButtHurtDawgFan

December 6th, 2011
12:16 pm

Who would want to play for a team that hasn’t beat a ranked opponent in three plus years?

I-zay-uh Cowbell

December 6th, 2011
12:34 pm

We runz dis state.

npgator

December 6th, 2011
1:24 pm

We got two better TE then him anyway so good luck Kurt.

FreeTextbooksAnyone?

December 6th, 2011
1:25 pm

Why would anybody want to go to Alabama? Saban is a midget physically & mentally & their fans are obnoxious imbreds.

Elliot Garcia

December 6th, 2011
1:35 pm

Florida is losing recruits like crazy? Are you sure? Florida already has a verbal from the #1 and #2 rated TE in the country….

True Dog

December 6th, 2011
2:50 pm

If Alabama should beat LSU, it.s a tainted win. What if Alabama looses again will LSU have to play them for a 3rd time. LSU has already established who is the better team this year.

Craig

December 6th, 2011
3:31 pm

Matt…nice web link ha try getting a legit one next time and not one you just googled to find random information

Craig

December 6th, 2011
3:31 pm

Elliot…Florida is going to need a lot more than two TE’s to turn that program around

Blue

December 6th, 2011
3:33 pm

Cajdawg; what if the guy has serious asperations (and the talent to support) about going to the NFL and the academic piece IS secondary? I see nothing wrong with that. It is possible to go to a school, do well or decently in school even though maybe you LOVE football more and want it to be your career, yet still pass classes and graduate with a degree if football does not pan out at the next level. The two (education and football) are NOT mutually exclusive, and a guy CAN be successful in school even if the sports part for HIM is more important.

SHAGGER

December 6th, 2011
4:15 pm

ALL YOU FANS BAD MOUTHING ALABAMA & THEIR LOSS TO LSU NEED TO REMEMBER THE BAD CALL AT THE ONE FOOT LINE THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE GAME… THE INSTANT REPLAY REFEREE HAD BEEN SUSPENDED FOR A SIMILAR CALL BEFORE… HE SCREWED UP AGAIN… IS ANYBODY ASKING ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT … I THINK NOT… JUST LOOK AT THE STILL PHOTOS OF THE PLAY & YOU WILL SEE… IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALABAMA’S BALL ON THE ONE YARD LINE… HE CLEARLY HAD POSITION AT THE TIME HIS SHOULDERS & BACK HIT THE GROUND… AT THAT POINT THE PAY IS DEAD….!! BAMA WOULD HAVE WON HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THAT HORRIBLE CALL ~~

F-the Gaytors

December 6th, 2011
4:38 pm

Flo-ri-duh- How’s that Florida thing working out for you? Your team sucks & I don’t see the gay-tors making a difference for a long time, so get used to mediocrity without Timmy. Bama & LSU are the best 2 teams in the country & Bama will beat LSU down this time in NO. Oh and for all you Georgia fans out there talking smack, you won 10 games this season so enjoy it while it lasts because it won’t happen again for a long time. Did I mention phuc Florida?

Tide Fan in GA

December 6th, 2011
4:41 pm

cajdawg, you may want to rethink the comment about the “Not once does he mention academics. It is really disheartening to see kids leave the state for the Tuscaloosa cesspool.”

Per the last stats available from ncaa.org, the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for football players averages (2000-2004) is Alabama 61.4% and UGA 55.8%. 2004 is the latest year they have data.

So actually, based on Academics and Football program, he is moving up! Oh, and Auburn is 60.2 for that time frame.

Here is the link if you would like to try and figure it out for yourself.

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/newmedia/public/rates/index.html

Lee

December 6th, 2011
4:45 pm

Alabama has a top 10 accounting program and more National Merit Scholars than Harvard. Alabama had a Rhode Scholar finalist last year and has most players in Grad School of any program in the Top 25.
I would be surprised is most of the Georgia players could spell UGA.

1974gator

December 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

Let’s hope you play pro ball because a Bama education is crap!

CHOKE!!!!!

December 6th, 2011
6:03 pm

SEC is Football, do I need to slap you around again?

Issiah Crowell's Purple Drank

December 6th, 2011
6:50 pm

Hey cajdawg, What’s Mr. Crowells major? He getting good grades? He do well on his SAT’s? Hypocritical Jack ass. Your football teams sux Donkey __________

Cliff Claven

December 6th, 2011
7:29 pm

Another little 2A player from Buford committing to a big time major program…Take note, more than any school in 5A or 6A…You are a joke Buford!!!!

Tusker

December 6th, 2011
9:28 pm

You Georgia fans are really hating Bama’s success. I hope Georgia can win them a National Championship soon. Watch how Alabama wins another and take notes.

RollTyde

December 6th, 2011
9:50 pm

To FreeTextbooksAnyone?
Before insulting someone’s mental capacity, it would probably be advisable to make sure you spell “inbred” (not “imbred”) correctly. I believe that, since the one you described as a “mental midget” arrived in T-town, our academic record can stand up against anyone.

Just gonna Ask

December 6th, 2011
9:53 pm

Just got to say this, anyone who does not like a kid going to a rival school and calling it a “cess pool” while the school he has chosen has seen academic graduation rates rise each year. It does not matter what school a young man or woman chooses, it should be about kids graduating and leaving school with a better future than when they entered the school.

Bama Fan#2

December 6th, 2011
9:55 pm

Kurt glad to have you commit to Alabama and good luck in the title game in
the Georgia playoffs. RTR

Special K

December 7th, 2011
12:51 am

Puppy fans I see jealousy written all over your faces. Go win a NC and then we’ll talk. Not the one from 1980 either.