Justin Taylor may sign with SEC rival rather than wait to play for Nick Saban in 2013

Nick Saban (AP photo)

Nick Saban (AP photo)

The Atlanta running back who was told by Nick Saban a couple of weeks ago that he couldn’t sign with Alabama after being committed to the Crimson Tide for nearly a year may be signing with another SEC school on Wednesday.

North Atlanta High School’s Justin Taylor, who officially remains committed to Alabama for next year’s recruiting class, is an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.

“Ole Miss coach [Hugh Freeze] called me and came to the school; they wanted him to come down, so he’s on his visit now,” said North Atlanta coach Stanley Pritchett, who is also Taylor’s legal guardian.

“They’ve already offered a scholarship. They’re showing him a good time. He’s really enjoying the visit.”

Will Taylor de-commit from Alabama and sign with Ole Miss? “We’re going to sit down at the end of the visit and make a decision,” Pritchett said. “I just know he’s having a good time.”

Things finally picked with Taylor’s recruiting within the last few days. “Purdue wanted him to come on a visit, and Kentucky called [Friday] to invite him up for the weekend,” Pritchett said. “He had to make a decision, and he wanted to see Ole Miss.”

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Taylor committed to Alabama last February. During his official visit with the Crimson Tide a couple of weeks ago, Taylor was informed by Nick Saban that he can’t sign this year. It was surprising news for Taylor, who was the 7th of Alabama’s 27 commitments last February.

The Crimson Tide wants Taylor to “grayshirt” because of a knee injury and wait to enroll in 2013. Saban met face-to-face with Taylor earlier this week and promised “to stand by his word” to hold a spot for him next year.

Many others speculate that Taylor’s situation was creative “roster management” by Saban. Alabama has the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class, according to Rivals.com.

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302 comments Add your comment

Dawg Ti

January 28th, 2012
2:26 pm

Nick Saban is a liar. No parent who is educated about the recruiting process would send their child to play for this man. Saban tells Justin Taylor two weeks before signing day you don’t have an offer, while a scholarship “magically” appears for Dalvin Tomlinson? Parents really fall for this BS? Thank gosh at Georgia we have a Christian man with honesty and integrity. He really cares about the kids and doesn’t treat them like a waiver move.

Alphare

January 28th, 2012
2:27 pm

But if you really like BAMA, why not wait for 4months? Believe me, 4months won’t ruin much of your life. But I do understand we live in the age of instant pleasure.

Rick James

January 28th, 2012
2:29 pm

At least he has realized that he has other options and is exploring them.

Hankie Aaron

January 28th, 2012
2:29 pm

Shame on Saban. I hope Taylor makes him pay later. Justin was great when he committed but they don’t want him after he hurts himself with a serious injury. I wish for the best for Taylor.

Hankie Aaron

January 28th, 2012
2:34 pm

ALPHARE-If he went to Ole Miss he could get professional medical help 7 days a week for free per his scholarship. If he “waited” the 4 months as you say he would be on his own dime and it would be only 2 maybe 3 times a week. I don’t think that has anything to do with the instant pleasure you speak of, more like go somewhere where they truly want him and would be a smart business decision for this kid.

5150 UOAD

January 28th, 2012
2:37 pm

THANK GOD it seems that somebody slapped JUSTIN TAYLOR smart. maybe he read enough of the blogs. Maybe his coach/guardian finally realized the best thing is to be in SCHOOL NOW.

AlphaDawg

January 28th, 2012
2:40 pm

Dawg Ti,
So how long has it been since Georgia was allowed back into Carver-Columbus? You know what I’m talking about

JD

January 28th, 2012
2:40 pm

Well he won’t make him pay by going to Ol Miss but he would probably be better off. Saban will like it because it keeps him from having to sign him next year.

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

I hope he goes to OLE MRS…………………………..BAMA will not miss him.

BAMA is loaded at RB

LACY, FOWLER, HART, SIMS, CALLAWAY, YELDON

roll call

January 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

If your dream is to play at Bama, go for it. If you don’t you may regret it later. You are young so stay off your knee for six months. Work your tail off and show everyone why Bama wanted you in the first place.

AlphaDawg

January 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

Dawg Ti,
Just to refresh your fuzzy memory:
http://thematadorsports.com/blog/?p=507

dpb

January 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

The kid hurt his knee. It’s in his best interest to sit out and not burn a yr while he continues to rehab. Alabama could have dropped him but instead offered him a guarantee to be in the next class. I wish the kid well but it sounds like his pride is hurt rather than being realistic. Perhaps he will understand when he continues to rehab his knee, sits the bench at Ole Miss and loses a yr of eligibility.

5150 UOAD

January 28th, 2012
2:47 pm

01HAWK it is not if he will be missed it is how SABAN does recruits that is the issue. In this whole process, seemingly Saban didn’t really care about the kids best interest at all. All Nicky cared about was getting kids right now that would play or practice right now.

JDawg1785

January 28th, 2012
2:51 pm

If Justin’s ready to play, signing with Ole Miss is probably the best option. I wouldn’t trust Saban as far as I could throw him. Best of luck in your decision, Justin!

5150 UOAD

January 28th, 2012
2:53 pm

dpb…………HOW will he lose a year of eligibility? He would red shirt at BAMA anyway now he will do it at Ole Miss on their dime. A Promise? A Promise? Did SABAN Sign a legal contract with the boy for a Scholarship in Jan. of 13? I didn’t think So. That Saban PROMISE doesn’t mean crap because it has nothing backing it up but a man’s word that has lied to LSU & Miami that we know about for sure.

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dawgster

January 28th, 2012
2:57 pm

another top RB has committed to Bama for 2013…I think that gives everyone the answer on this one…Good Luck to the young man…I hope many of these kids parents start looking at certain recruiting practices…May not be breaking any rules, but ethically speaking it leaves you scratching your head…

Worm

January 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

Maybe someday EVERYONE will realize what a Snake Saban is..Stretches the rules to “win at all cost”.

5150 UOAD

January 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

Dawgster..good call.

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

He has a better chance of playing at OLE MRS, KENTUCKY or PURDUE. He will probably not see the field for a couple of years. The back field at BAMA is loaded.

YELDON………………………..5 STAR

HART…………………………….5 STAR

CALLAWAY……………………5 STAR

EDDIE LACY………………….4 STAR

BLAKE SIMS………………….4 STAR

FOWLER………………………4 STAR

Chris

January 28th, 2012
3:15 pm

The Rich get Richer. Bama picks up one of the top RB’s for the class of 2013 out of Arkansas

Chris

January 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Love how there’s an article about Bama in the AJC everyday!!!! Thanks guys

5150 UOAD

January 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Chris I guess he better hope he doesn’t get hurt like Justin huh?

Dekalb Fan

January 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

Let’s put all the coaches in a steel cage match. Run little Nicky run!

football FAN

January 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

01HAWK you forgot about Kenyan Drake (Hillgrove RB) 4 STAR
and today they got commitment from Altee Tenpenny (2013 4 STAR)

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

SABAN is quicker than I thought he was in replacing JUSTIN TAYLOR.

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Altee Tenpenny verbally committed to Alabama on Saturday for its 2013 signing class, according to multiple reports.

The North Little Rock running back is in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s annual junior day, according to Scout.com and TiderInsider.com.

ROLL TIDE ROLL

Gerald

January 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

Alabama fans:

NOW I AM NOT CALLING NICK SABAN A LIAR. I AM NOT CALLING NICK SABAN A LIAR. I AM NOT CALLING NICK SABAN A LIAR.

BUT … this kid has no guarantees that this scholarship – any scholarship – will still be there in January of 2013. He may re-injure the knee during rehab THAT HE HAS TO DO ON HIS OWN, or during the JOB that Saban was going to find for him. Saban might be introduced as the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys after winning his 3rd title in 4 years and the new coach might not honor the commit (as it is a commit, not an LOI, it is NOT binding). ‘Bama might get hit with scholarship reductions because of the actions of some booster or alum that Saban knows nothing about and had nothing to do with. Who knows.

If you are a 3 star recruit, you need the certainty of a binding verbal commit that will pay for your education for at least 2 years so long as you keep your grades up. And while I DO NOT THINK THAT SABAN IS A LIAR, there are a ton of circumstances and variables that Saban cannot control. Therefore, if this kid accepts the security of a bird in the hand rather than one in the bush, you should not blame him, or make cracks against his character or ability. This kid is from a VERY underprivileged background, and while he loves ‘Bama, what is most important is the free education at a research university that he earned on the football field despite that bad background and other barriers. Do not lose sight of that. I was hoping new SECers Texas A&M or Missouri would come through for the kid, but Ole Miss will do.

Either way, ‘Bama will be fine. But you can’t say the same about this kid if (again for example) he has a setback in rehab, gets involved in a (relatively minor) legal issue, or there is a coaching change at ‘Bama, etc. So enjoy your national title, #1 recruiting class and leave the kid alone.

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

He has a better chance of playing at OLE MRS, KENTUCKY or PURDUE. He will probably not see the field for a couple of years. The back field at BAMA is loaded.

YELDON………………………..5 STAR

HART…………………………….5 STAR

CALLAWAY……………………5 STAR

EDDIE LACY………………….4 STAR

BLAKE SIMS………………….4 STAR

FOWLER………………………4 STAR

DRAKE……………………………..4 STAR

Little chance of TAYLOR ever playing with a depth chart like this.

7576DAWG

January 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

01HAWK
Good point on how strong the competition is at Alabama. Someone once asked , coach why did you sign another running back when you all ready have a boat load? His answer was : I don’t want to have to play against any of them.

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

Gerald ………………………………..TAYLOR has already been replaced……………………NEXT !!!!

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Altee Tenpenny verbally committed to Alabama on Saturday for its 2013 signing class, according to multiple reports.

The North Little Rock running back is in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s annual junior day, according to Scout.com and TiderInsider.com.

Lookatalltheoptions

January 28th, 2012
3:29 pm

The kid is doing the right thing. You biased fans who said he should wait and not waste a year, clueless. I doubt you would tell your kid, brother the same advice. Can you promise the kid Sabin will not leave. Can you make the kid rehab. Can you make the kid study? Sabin needed the spot. Shady but his right. The free market will correct that. Alabama great program and Saban one of the best in college. The Kid needs to look around and if he smart, needs to take other options out there. If he still chooses bama that is his decision. Stop the talk he should sit out and rehab crap.

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

5150 UOAD ……………………………………..YES, It is a smart decision to look eleswhere. SABAN has already replaced him for 2013.

Chris

January 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

2013-ArDarius Stewart a 6′3 WR committed mins ago to Bama. Gives Bama 6 commits for next year.
Why does UGA only have 16 commits for 2012? Looks like UGA will spend Jan 2013 trying to steal commits away from other programs yet again. Kinda sad Bulldogs.

roll call

January 28th, 2012
3:35 pm

Don’t let these blogs scare you off from your dream. You will face competition wherever you go. Competition makes for a better person. Hardwork always pay off in the end. RTR!

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

AJC……………………………….Can you post any articles on OLE MRS, MS. STATE, LSU, AUBARN, KENTUCKY, VANDY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FLORIDA……………………………OH, I forgot,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It is always about BAMA………………………………MY BAD………………………SHUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gerald

January 28th, 2012
3:37 pm

01HAWK:

Saban honors all verbal commitments. So if Taylor still wants ‘Bama, Saban will sign him in 2013 no matter who else he signs. Like I said, Saban is not a liar. Also, if he goes to ‘Bama and doesn’t pan out, Saban will put him on injury hardship so he can continue his education at ‘Bama for free. ‘Bama is still an option for the kid, inasmuch as he can count on circumstances at ‘Bama remaining the same. Ole Miss is a good option for an injured 3 star from a bad background to protect himself in case they change. That is all I am saying.

Gerald

January 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

roll call:

The kid is not fleeing competition. He is considering the FACT that ‘Bama cannot ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE that there will be a scholly waiting for him in 2013. (Look, were Saban to go to the NFL and ‘Bama chooses to hire someone other than Smart, we can pretty much guarantee that the new coach wouldn’t honor the offer considering their depth chart at RB.) A greyshirt OFFER is not the same as a letter of intent. Get it through your head, ok?

Ginger

January 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

Justin–glad that you are at Ole Miss…..I like the school and like the coach….I say if you like them
then sign…

I hated the way Coach Saban treated you..It was not right….The RB depth chart is pretty full at Bama so it makes sense to me that Saban would need your # 7 commitment spot to sign a player at another position…Go to Ole Miss—play against Saban every year and torch him !!!!

Will be cheering for you !!

Chris

January 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

Alabama Journal Constitution!!!!! RTR

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban loves delivering Tide fans a surprise on National Signing Day. AlabamaIntel has learned that current LSU commit Toshiro Davis 6’3” 220 pounds from Shreveport, La has been expressing interest about becoming a member of the 2012 signing class at UA. Sources have confirmed that the interest is mutual between Davis and Alabama.

Davis is considered to be one of the top 5 prospects in the state of Louisiana and has been committed to the Tigers since last February. He was selected to play in the Army All American game and has been looking around at other schools for several months. Davis was in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama/LSU game on Nov. 5th.

LSWHO ?

daddo

January 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

01HAWK

January 28th, 2012
3:49 pm

Remember this surprise last year PUPPIES ?

UGA suffered a recruiting blow when Jeoffrey Pagan signed with Alabama over the Bulldogs, among others, on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end from Asheville, N.C., had said he was favoring Georgia as recently as last week.

It was a whirlwind recruiting process for Pagan.

slydog

January 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

This statistic should shut the mouth forever of techies who preach about the superiority of their academics over UGA’s….lmao!!!:

Undergraduate Degree / Total / % Who Are 1 Percenters / Share of All 1 Percenters
Health and Medical Preparatory Programs 142,345 11.8% 0.9%
Economics 1,237,863 8.2% 5.4%
Biochemical Sciences 193,769 7.2% 0.7%
Zoology 159,935 6.9% 0.6%
Biology 1,864,666 6.7% 6.6%
International Relations 146,781 6.7% 0.5%
Political Science and Government 1,427,224 6.2% 4.7%
Physiology 98,181 6.0% 0.3%
Art History and Criticism 137,357 5.9% 0.4%
Chemistry 780,783 5.7% 2.4%
Molecular Biology 64,951 5.6% 0.2%
Area, Ethnic and Civilization Studies 184,906 5.2% 0.5%
Finance 1,071,812 4.8% 2.7%
History 1,351,368 4.7% 3.3%
Business Economics 108,146 4.6% 0.3%
Miscellaneous Psychology 61,257 4.3% 0.1%
Philosophy and Religious Studies 448,095 4.3% 1.0%
Microbiology 147,954 4.2% 0.3%
Chemical Engineering 347,959 4.1% 0.8%
Physics 346,455 4.1% 0.7%
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration 334,016 3.9% 0.7%
Accounting 2,296,601 3.9% 4.7%
Mathematics 840,137 3.9% 1.7%
English Language and Literature 1,938,988 3.8% 3.8%
Miscellaneous Biology 52,895 3.7% 0.1%

source:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/top-1-earners-majored-163026283.html

slydog

January 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Justin Taylor is doing the right thing: Looking out for himself. Why? Because Nick Saban and Alabama looked out for themselves. Nothing wrong with that.

yellowfever

January 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

01hAWK, PLEASE son, get a life, no one cares about the depth chart at ALA. and you shouldn’t either. Unfortunatly it’s probably what you know the most about in life.

concern

January 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

Don’t wait on SABAN, no reason to believe his word will be any better in 13 than in 12.
No MOM would let their son play for SABAN if they truly know the guy.

Lookatalltheoptions

January 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

Justin, take a hard look at other schools who want you even if your knee is hurt, maybe look at the prep schools, but do not stay in atl or a community college waiting on bama. If you want to wait on bama go to Hargrave in va. Saban needed the spot, which he can do but don’t wait because he promised you a spot, sounds like a good pr fix a year in the sec is equal to 10 in the real world

JDawg1785

January 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

I do remember Jeoffrey Pagan, Hawk. Do you remember Malcolm Mitchell and Isaiah Crowell?

5150 UOAD

January 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

slydog you really needed to clean-up the format. NOBODY can read what the hell you posted. At least you posted the link if anybody cares.

roll call

January 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

Mr Gerald there is no guantees in life period. Long after Saban leaves, Alabama will still be around. If he grew up rooting for the tide and dreamed of playing on a National stage he should go for it.