Nick Saban to Atlanta RB: You can’t sign with Alabama until 2013

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One of Georgia’s top running backs said that was told by Alabama’s Nick Saban this weekend that he will have to wait until next year to sign with the Crimson Tide.

Justin Taylor of North Atlanta High School has been committed to Alabama for nearly a year, last February becoming the No. 7 pledge for this year’s class. The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder missed his senior season with a knee injury.

A couple of weeks ago, Taylor and his high school coach, former NFL RB Stanley Pritchett, both said they were informed by Alabama assistant Chris Rumph that it was likely that Taylor would not be able to sign with the Crimson Tide this February.

Alabama’s 2012 recruiting class is currently ranked as No. 1 in the nation by Rivals.com. Alabama has 27 commitments and is in the running for a few more elite prospects. The Crimson Tide is also accused of being one of the most frequent offenders in the practice of “over-signing” – which is when a college signs more players than they have scholarships available. (Click to go to website)

Alabama Nick Saban still has seven Georgia players that will sign on Feb. 1 after telling Justin Taylor to wait until next year (AP photo)

Alabama's Nick Saban still has seven Georgia players that will sign on Feb. 1 after telling Justin Taylor to wait until next year (AP photo)

Back to Taylor: He took his official visit to Alabama this weekend and had the chance to sit down for a face-to-face meeting with Saban:

  • How did Nick Saban explain it to you? “Coach Saban said he wished he would’ve been able to tell me this in August instead of now.  He said the only reason he can’t sign me is because he can’t sign 26 people. They can only sign 25 people. He said he was going to sign me with the next class. But he also said he would sign a piece of paper to show that they are keeping their word – they are going to sign it and they want me to sign it to make sure I know I still have my scholarship.”
  • When did Alabama first tell you that you couldn’t sign with them this February? “Coach Rumph actually told me about two weeks ago. Well, he called my coach, who told me, and then I called Coach Rumph. This weekend was the first time that they really broke it down like that. This was the first time I heard it from Coach Saban.”
  • What do you think happened? “Coach Saban just said I’m the 26th commitment. I would be the 26th signee. I guess he went and picked up somebody else. He said I make 26 and they only get 25. They talked about bringing me in next January.” [Note: Alabama has 27 commitments]
  • What was your reaction? “I’m cool with it, as long as I get to Alabama and play. And, as long as I have more time to recover and get solid.”
  • What will do you do this fall? “He said I’m going to stay in Georgia. They are going to find me a job. I’m going to work. I’m going to physical therapy at least seven days per week. I guess I will work, go to physical therapy and get strong … I will come in with the class of 2013. I’ll get there with the early group so I can do winter workouts and spring football.”
  • What about this piece of paper that you said Saban would sign? “Coach Saban is going to sign his name on a sheet of paper saying that I still have my scholarship. It was just for me. It’s to say they really still want me.”
    RB Justin Taylor has been committed to Alabama for nearly a year (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

    RB Justin Taylor has been committed to Alabama for nearly a year (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

  • What is the status of your knee injury from August? “I’m good right now. I’ve already had the surgery and everything. I’m running right now. They want me to be 100-percent healthy. They said it takes at least a year [to recover]. They said yeah, some can bounce back in 5-6 months. But the only people who bounce back in 5-6  months are the ones in college because there are on campus and they have that physician to be there seven days per week. I don’t have that. I only work out two days per week with my physical therapist.”
  • Do you think you could play this fall? “I feel like I could play this fall.”
  • With Saban saying you cannot sign with Alabama this year, will that make you look at other colleges? “I’m going to go ahead and stick with Alabama. I mean, I’m committed to them. They committed to me. They want me. I know they want me because that’s what they are telling me. If they didn’t want me, they wouldn’t let me keep my scholarship, They could’ve taken it when I first got hurt. If any other college wanted me, they would’ve hit me up. I haven’t really heard from anybody since the injury.”
  • What other schools were recruiting you the hardest? “Tennessee came through and I only talked to them one time. They gave me a number and the number didn’t even work. There was South Carolina and Georgia. They both stopped talking to me because I was committed to Alabama.”

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1,130 comments Add your comment

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:36 am

Paula…Yeah….He is such a terrible and unlikable person that he manages to sign the #1 ranked recruiting class 3 of the last 4 years and will do so again this year. Then these poor kids have to come to Alabama and compete for national titles. I bet all those kids on the field of the Super Dome last Monday night were wondering what they were thinking singing to play for such a terrible human being.

His comment was ..............

January 16th, 2012
11:38 am

Young man said” they are going to get me a job”………..folks, we have an issue there.

Dawg48

January 16th, 2012
11:38 am

Saban does not care about his players!
Bama fans do not care about there players!

Darrell B

January 16th, 2012
11:39 am

I see the green-eyed monster that dwells in Georgia Football fans is out in full force. Hey Dawgs, crawl back under the porch, lick yourself, and dream about playing big boy football. What a bunch of crybaby losers!

Jim McDade

January 16th, 2012
11:40 am

The fact that Taylor says Alabama is going to get him a job is the most significant detail in this sordid story. That promise definitely will bring this to the attention of NCAA enforcement and lead to an investigation of “job gifting” with UA recruiting. Bama may have to return those crystal footballs after NCAA enforcement finishes rooting out the truth.

Now I see why so many Bama players and coaches are so hurriedly leaving what may be a sinking ship in Tuscaloosa.

SEC ALWAYS

January 16th, 2012
11:40 am

Honestly, what did Vince Dooley accomplish at UGA? He got lucky that a kid from Wrightsville, Ga decided to come play at UGA. That is his legacy, pretty sad don’t you think?

Ramblin Man

January 16th, 2012
11:42 am

Predicted this months ago and said CPJ should make a push for Taylor and Ball. Come on kid he dumped you for a five star because saban does not coach up he trades up for what looks better. Other schools have not come running because you and the people surrounding you are stuck on bama and coaches only have so much time. Got to give saban credit though he does a great jedi mind trick on kids.

Troof

January 16th, 2012
11:42 am

Haters gonna hate. Don’t worry Dawg fans. Just wait till next year! That will be UGA’s year for sure!! LOL!!

Did UGA ever find a full time replacement for Russ? I know the last one keeled over. Who’s got next from the Seiler brood?

Paula

January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

Well, sure bama is up there in recruiting. If someone offered you and your mother and/or fathers (many of who come from impovershed backgrounds) homes, cars, money, etc., to sign on the dotted line with bama, you would to.

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

Jim McDade….Coaches leaving Alabama. One left to be a head coach and one left to be a defensive coordinator. Both have been replaced and will be announced today. One is coming back to BAMA. Worst comment I have seen on this board to this point. Try again please.

bdaamwag

January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

Bama will never sign this kid if he never gets back to where he was when he first commited. They know everyone wants to play at Bama. So, they pull in a large group, then weed out the weaker of the pack. Im glad this type of negativity does not come out about Richt. Maybe this will pan out for us, as kids start to see they are actually worth something at UGA.

Dooley is not the only one - VolNation

January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

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TJ Campbell

January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

So rather that Sept. 2012 he enters school in January 2013. Big deal. When the kid is scoring TD’s for Bama I am sure you homers will be very quiet.

The Grinch

January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

HubCityBammer
January 16th, 2012
11:15 am

You “Mulligan U” tide fans crack me up.

HScoach

January 16th, 2012
11:44 am

I am in shock. I would never let Saban or Smart step foot on my campus again. What is wrong with him?

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:44 am

Paula…I beg you…Please show me proof of these things Alabama players are being offered. My guess is you cannot but I will wait for your proof after such a bold statement.

Bill

January 16th, 2012
11:44 am

Saban is not smart at all. Even if he is a good coach, he is a disrespectful person.
Why did Saban not do good in the Big 10? The Big 10 does not break recruiting rules like some of the SEC schools (Alabama and LSU). That is why he went to the SEC. So he could finally be successful as a coach.
I DO NOT RESPECT SABAN AT ALL.

Interesting

January 16th, 2012
11:44 am

Same could be said for Auburn and Cam Newton

The Grinch

January 16th, 2012
11:44 am

TJ Campbell
January 16th, 2012
11:43 am

Get back to us, Mulligan U fan, when the kid is actually on Bama’s campus.

Blackoutanyone?

January 16th, 2012
11:45 am

Jim McDade… where in the article did he say “Bama” is going to get him a job? The article above states “they”. They could be his coaches, his parents… the tooth fairy… they could be alot of people. I see the writer of this sham of an article hooked you good. lol

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:45 am

The Grinch….you “32 years with out a NC” dawg fans are even funnier.

George Stein

January 16th, 2012
11:46 am

Funny. HubCityBammer thinks I’m a UGA fan.

The Grinch

January 16th, 2012
11:46 am

Let’s face it, Saban is doing the same thing at Mulligan U that the Bear did – oversign kids, discard them at your convenience – it’s just that Bear didn’t have to deal with the world wide web.

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:47 am

Bill…I will pass along your concerns to Nick Saban. I am sure he will care.

The Grinch

January 16th, 2012
11:48 am

SECIsFootball
January 16th, 2012
11:45 am

Be sure not to be laughing so hard that you fail to step over the dehydrated Bama players lying on the field.

Alabama, a case study in oversigning

January 16th, 2012
11:48 am

Not Again

January 16th, 2012
11:48 am

DP

January 16th, 2012
11:48 am

Grinch, too bad your guys didn’t get a Mulligan on that 42-10 beatdown!

Tdawg

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

WnE you are truely an idiot and a Saban a$$ kisser. If you think for one second Satan will keep his word to this kid, you are even dummer than he is. First of all you know that, that lying SOB has no intentions of honoring his word to that kid even if Satan had sighed that promise on the front page of a bible. So take that line of crap you’re spewing to some other idiots that will believe you. Like the Alabama fans.

People, Georgia don’t want this kid. If he is dumb enough to buy the crap Satan is feeding him, then he is obvious to dumb to get into Georgia and he sure as heck wouldn’t be able to get into GT. Don’t feel sorry for this kid one bit. He has idiot written all over him. Geeze where are his parents for crying out loud. They also mentally challenged.

Let see. Come to Alabama and learn the art of Tree Murder 101, Molesting pasted out LSU fans103 and Lieing to Kids 98. Hurry up and apply. Classes are almost full. Alabama has lost all rights to ever put down another school as long as they exsist. Nothing at Alabama except pervs and liars.

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

The Grinch….the names of these discarded kids. Please tell me the names of kids who were not cleared medically or tossed for disciplinary reasons? Those who were given medical hardships and still able to finish their degreesm, which of those were fake injuries. Put up or shut up.

Jim McDade

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

SECisFootball, You seem to be a little nervous about this matter. I don’t blame you. The headline for this story should have been, “Bama Recruit Says He Was Promised a Job If He Delays Signing For One Year”.

Paula

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

Of course if doesn’t hurt with Rivals is run by bammers, now does it? Recruits where 3 and 4 stars suddently become 5 star when they signed with bammer. Conversely, 5 stars become 3 or 4 when they sign with other schools. Funny how that works…

Dawg Bark

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

What does he mean by “they are going to find me a job?”

KevDAWG

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

All this and the kid still doesn’t want to come to UGA. WTF?

RedandBlackDawg

January 16th, 2012
11:49 am

Blackout anyone,

Now come on man, like he all of the sudden changes whom he is referring to in mid sentence. He would have said his H.S, coach or whomever, if such were the case. No worries though, there will soon be a retraction by either Alabama or the kid, once they contact him. I am sure AL.com will be the first to publish it. Another loop hole reg. to be published by the SEC or the NCAA, in the works, no doubt as we speak.

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:50 am

Tdawg….we have been grayshirting kids since Saban arrived. Every grayshirt has enrolled. Next!

George Stein

January 16th, 2012
11:50 am

Bingo, Grinch @ 11:46.

The issue here is that apparently Saban is so awful at identifying talent that he needs to sign 113 players over 4 seasons. We have some proof of this from his time in the NFL, where he was a whopping 15-17 in two seasons.

Paula

January 16th, 2012
11:50 am

@SCisFootball…”not medically cleared” IS the codeword for “processed” at bammer. The dirty little secret is getting out.

Dro

January 16th, 2012
11:50 am

Michael Carvell… You’re pathetic. Everything you ever write that has anything to do with Alabama is garbage. It’s OBVIOUS that you hate Alabama. You should work on being more professional and objective. All of these idiots that comment on these stories eat it up, too. Just like you, I guess they’re tired of Saban and Bama bending UGA over on the recruiting trail… GET USED TO IT!

The Grinch

January 16th, 2012
11:52 am

Here’s a few laughers about Mulligan U’s 14 claimed NCs.

* 1926 — The 1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1927 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade’s team tied the Indians 7–7 to finish the season 9–0–1. The outstanding player of the game was Fred Pickhard.[87] The 1926 Alabama football team was selected national champions by Billingsley and the Helms Athletic Foundation.[88]

Ah yes, the tie guaranteed you the NC from the prestigious Billingsley and the Helms Athletic Foundation organizations.

Interesting comments from Justin...

January 16th, 2012
11:52 am

Here’s another one…
“They want me to be 100-percent healthy. They said it takes at least a year [to recover]. They said yeah, some can bounce back in 5-6 months. But the only people who bounce back in 5-6 months are the ones in college because there are on campus and they have that physician”

Are he and his family mentally challenged? “the only ones who bounce back in 5-6 months are the ones in college because they’re on campus and have that physician…”

That says it all right there. If Saban truly cared about or wanted this kid he’d have him on campus where he would get the best medical and rehab treatment.

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:52 am

Paula….Rivals is now run by Yahoo Sports. They founder of Rivals is a BAMA alum who now started 247sports.com. While that person ran rivals, we had several top ranked recruiting classes. Now that he has left and started the new site, Rivals has Alabama ranked #1. Just sayin…

Jim McDade

January 16th, 2012
11:53 am

Dawg Bark, It’s obviously the people who are delivering him to Saban who offered the extra benefits (job, etc). Boosters, alum, whoever.

The Grinch

January 16th, 2012
11:53 am

DP
January 16th, 2012
11:48 am

I don’t remember reading where UGA petitioned to have a mulligan.

Paula

January 16th, 2012
11:55 am

Thanks SECIsFootball for proving my point. Rivals is run by bammers.

SECIsFootball

January 16th, 2012
11:56 am

Paula…names please. Who was processed and please give me proof that their medical claim was not correct? If you like I can give you names.

Blackoutanyone?

January 16th, 2012
11:56 am

RedandBlack…. the entire article is written with a strong slant and many misleading questions that bait the kid into giving the “writer” quotes so the “writer” can put his spin on it. Nothing but a cheap attempt to stir up hits on a blog. Very disapointing for this writer I might add. AJC has an agenda just like any other site. The key to the entire article is: “If any other college wanted me, they would’ve hit me up. I haven’t really heard from anybody since the injury.” But the AJC spin machine is all over it and you people are eating it up. lol

AtlantaBuck

January 16th, 2012
11:57 am

I am glad I am not an SEC fan. I would be pissed as hell about Saban. Saban is a terrible coach. That is why he went 15-17 in 2 seasons in the NFL.

Make My Day

January 16th, 2012
11:57 am

Some of you guys logic is so flawed.

Lets see: How many times has a kid told a coach that he is committed to a program, visited on the last weekend prior to NSD, then on the morning of NSD he turns and commits to another school.

The issue is Moot and this is all a local Recruiting guy who wants to advance the agenda of his state school and turn the topic away from a lackluster recruiting year by a coaching staff that was outcoached in every BIG Game they played this year.

From all readings and reports outside of this article indicates the young man, his coach, and parents all realize that he is months if not a year away from being ready to compete and be on a field with contact.

Too Bad

January 16th, 2012
11:57 am

We’re never going to hear from this kid again. He’s going to rehab and come back in 2013. Only thing is, Saban will recruit at least 2 more 4 star RBs in 2013. This kid wont stand a chance. He’ll get dropped and transfer. He’s only a 3 star back. If he was a 4 star Saban would have brought him into the fold. It’s just the way it is.