Justin Taylor: Will sign with SEC rivals or remain Alabama 2013 commit

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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 has three options for Wednesday.

North Atlanta High School’s Justin Taylor will either remain committed to Alabama but have to wait to sign until next year, or sign with SEC rivals Ole Miss  or Kentucky at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mays High School.

“He’s going to sleep on it, and see how he feels about everything in the morning,” said North Atlanta coach Stanley Pritchett, who is also Taylor’s legal guardian.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Taylor made both an unofficial visit to Ole Miss and unofficial visit to Kentucky within the last week. He has been given letters-of-intent by both schools to sign on Wednesday and enroll next summer.

Nick Saban (AP photo)

Nick Saban (AP photo)

A few weeks ago, Taylor was stunned to learn from Nick Saban that he couldn’t sign with Alabama this year. Saban claimed it was because of Taylor’s knee injury, asking him to enroll next January. However, many others speculate that it was controversial “roster management” by Saban.

Taylor remained committed to Alabama on late Tuesday night.

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BCSEC

January 31st, 2012
7:38 pm

Im going out on a limb here and say it’s 50/50.

BCSEC

January 31st, 2012
7:39 pm

First and second!

Taco Meat

January 31st, 2012
7:39 pm

Go to another school, duh!!

CJJ

January 31st, 2012
7:40 pm

After the way Saban screwed him over, why would he still want to play there?

CC

January 31st, 2012
7:40 pm

Saban is a slime ball. Justin you need to sign with Kentucky or Ole Miss. Sabans word means nothing.

gt1984

January 31st, 2012
7:41 pm

Nick Saban is a complete slime ball.

ATLNTA

January 31st, 2012
7:48 pm

Boi, you better enroll in school now, Why wait for one year? Remember nothing is quarantee for you next year, Remember there will be other RB signing with Alabama again this time next year,

Dawg48

January 31st, 2012
7:48 pm

Just heard Bama pulled Dalvin Tomlinsons scholly today.

Gerald

January 31st, 2012
7:50 pm

Dude, why even bother? There is no news here. It would have been better to talk about recruiting at Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Savannah State (yes, FCS schools do count) and the AU Center schools (yes, Division II schools too) than tell us what everyone has known for the past month: Taylor will either go to Alabama or he will go someplace else.

LibertyDawg

January 31st, 2012
7:52 pm

Saban introduced the new term, “Taylored”

as in a recruit getting screwed by Saban and Alabama, or any dirty recruiting school. I hope UGA never, ever “Taylors” someone.

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pittsburgh George

January 31st, 2012
7:57 pm

You have a scholarship from your dream school. Wait 4 months and sign with the Tide. Rehab your knee in the meantime and prepare to compete. These posters and the writer have Bama envy. They don’t care about you.

ryan

January 31st, 2012
7:57 pm

I have been rumors that UGA might get Davlin Tomlinson also looks real good that dawgs will get JHC , Patterson , and Josh Dawson may be huge day for dawgnation .

boots

January 31st, 2012
7:58 pm

Karma, Saban, karma…

Sabanhaters

January 31st, 2012
8:03 pm

Sure Saban is a slimeball that’s why bama keeps signing the #1 class every year. Players love to play for him. 3 BCS championships. Keep crying Georgia fans. Be thankful you don’t play bama next year. They actually coach their players up.

SumDude

January 31st, 2012
8:05 pm

Get in school young man. Saban may not even be there next year. All you have is the present. Alabama has a running back commit for 13′ already and has offers out for more. The writing is on the wall.

Jate

January 31st, 2012
8:05 pm

Dawg48 “Just heard Bama pulled Dalvin Tomlinsons scholly today.” You heard wrong.

Beast from the East

January 31st, 2012
8:06 pm

UK or Ole Miss

Come on MAN!

January 31st, 2012
8:07 pm

If you wait for bama after they screwed you over, then send me the number to your bank account. I’ll pay you back with interest.

Blackoutanyone?

January 31st, 2012
8:09 pm

Its a Football scholarship. If he can’t play football for a year he shouldn’t be offered a football scholarship until he can. I couldn’t play football at that level and the military paid for my degree. He was been asked to delay his enrollment SIX months until he is healthy. Insane how many articles have been made of this nonstory. Good luck Justin with your decision. Roll Tide!!

Ugakev

January 31st, 2012
8:09 pm

ryan…no doubt will be a huge day for the dawgs. Georgia always closes great on signing day.

ryan

January 31st, 2012
8:13 pm

I am really liking our chances with Tomlinson now JHC cancels that stupid elimination thing he was doing on the radio show everyone safe for now but looks UGA from what i have been hearing .

5150 UOAD

January 31st, 2012
8:15 pm

At this point WHO CARES? If he is in LOVE with Bama and screws up his life over misguided love Who Cares. Many a man has screw-up over Wrong Love & he will not be the LAST. If his PIMP. I mean His Coach/Pimp/Guardian are still stupid enough to risk his future then so be it.

bwkdawg

January 31st, 2012
8:32 pm

@Blackoutanyone?

Yea but if thats the case they should have told him that when he was first injured not two weeks before signing day.

IF YOU'RE SKEERED.......

January 31st, 2012
8:35 pm

IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE………………Y’ALL GOT RICHT ………….WE’VE GOT “THE MASTER”!!!
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!

bwkdawg

January 31st, 2012
8:35 pm

Although I am also tired of hearing about it.

Blackoutanyone?

January 31st, 2012
8:38 pm

Totally agree bkdawg….but this has been blown way out of proportion to push the AJC agenda.

NtheNo

January 31st, 2012
8:42 pm

Hotty Toddy Justin!!!!

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
8:44 pm

At this point is this even a story? Probably trying to stir things up between UGA and Alabama fans before signing day. If Justin wants to go to Bama then let him go it is this young man’s decision and people should support him no matter how they feel about Saban. Bashing Saban’s for his ethics (or lack thereof) is irrelevant, he is not the Pope, he is a head football coach who has won 2 national championships at 3 years at Bama and he should be applauded for his coaching ability. Sure Richt is a good man but he is not half the coach Saban is. Good Luck with your decision Justin and Go Dawgs!

tony

January 31st, 2012
8:44 pm

once someone has lied to you once they will lie to you again…… this whole thing should have been a lesson to him and his family, but it sounds like the kids parents and the schools coaches have no backbone. they should have told the liers from alabama to go to he!! and he should have been looking elsewhere.

RTR22

January 31st, 2012
8:45 pm

Justin please sign with one of these SEC schools so our whinning friends in Jawja can obsess on something else Saban does. Do you not have enough to worry about in your late pursuit of dream team 2. Bama nation will sleep like a newborn tonight.

Jawja how many ten win seasons do you have???????? We lead the country with 32. Be proud and post.

bwkdawg

January 31st, 2012
8:50 pm

@Blackoutanyone?

And that’s bWkdawg.lol

ryan

January 31st, 2012
8:51 pm

I don’t think i would worry about Ole Miss unless he thinks would get more playing time but Bama is loosing Trent Richardson so my guess he will probably stick with Bama .

Gerald

January 31st, 2012
8:54 pm

Alabama fans:

Quit it with your nonsense. As I have stated before on the other blogs on this issue, THE DELAY IS NOT FOUR MONTHS. THE DELAY IS ELEVEN MONTHS. If Justin Taylor picks Kentucky or Ole Miss tomorrow, he has a guaranteed scholarship in his hands TOMORROW. But if he picks Alabama, HE HAS TO WAIT ELEVEN MONTHS BEFORE HE GETS HIS SCHOLARSHIP. And a lot can happen in 11 months: re-injury, nonsense off the field trouble, Saban getting hired by the Cowboys, who knows. And I wish that these people would quit comparing Taylor to their life story. How many of you were wards of the state? How many of you had an opportunity at a full scholarship to a state university in your hands? If you haven’t, SHUT UP. HIS LIFE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOURS. Nor does it have anything to do with the other ‘Bama kids that greyshirted. How many of those kids were from stable middle class homes instead of being forced to live with their high school coach? How many of them could have still paid their own way at Troy, UAB, North Alabama or wherever had Alabama not lived up to their NONBINDING greyshirt promise? How many of them even had offers to other SEC schools? You guys are asking a kid in a very risky situation to choose your school (which many of you never even attended) OVER HIS LIFE and it is insane.

The worst part: “Its a Football scholarship. If he can’t play football for a year he shouldn’t be offered a football scholarship until he can.” You liars, were Taylor a 5 star recruit, Nick Saban would absolutely give him a scholarship and let him redshirt. You mean to tell me that were it Donta Hightower or Trent Richardson injured instead, Saban would greyshirt them? Please. Saban knew that were he to pull that, those kids would hightail it to LSU or Texas. And it isn’t because of the new SEC rule. Saban could have told commit #26 to wait instead of commit #6. Whether you ‘Bama fans will admit it or not, Saban was perfectly fine with bringing Taylor in this class, knee and all, UNTIL TRACY YELDON FLIPPED FROM AUBURN TO YOU GUYS.

And no, this is not ‘Bama envy. Truthfully, this kid may never even see the field at ‘Bama except on special teams. Even if he is another 3 star find like Mark Ingram, with all that talent at OL and RB, it isn’t as if ‘Bama needs him. This kid is actually a bigger threat to UGA fans (of which I am not anyway) at Kentucky. Kentucky rarely gets elite athletes at RB, and if this guy gets up there and shows why Saban offered him a scholly in the first place, becomes this kid who rushes for 1300 yards a season or something … put it this way, UGA fans are better off with him riding the pine at ‘Bama than starting at Kentucky if he is as good as Saban thinks he might be.

‘Bama fans, quit pretending as if you care about this kid. You don’t. You only care about your own school. Or more accurately, your school’s FOOTBALL PROGRAM, as I seriously doubt that any of you have ever contributed a dime to endow a chair, to fund a scholarship, or to the endowment. Folks like you are why the endowments of SEC football factories are WAY BEHIND the endowments of Big 10 and ACC schools. If you actually cared so much about this kid, you guys would pass a hat around to cover this kid’s OUT OF STATE TUITION just in case Alabama’s athletic department decides not to honor the NONBINDING greyshirt offer. Are you? Nope. You would be quick to say “it is not my responsibility … it is this kid’s responsibility to overcome adversity and take care of himself.” Well, were he to choose Ole Miss or Kentucky or even Fort Valley State for that matter (a small Division II school in middle Georgia), that is EXACTLY what he would be doing.

Run Forrest Run

January 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

My momma always said stupid is as stupid does.

Going for it

January 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

@Gerald, that was deep on the real.

LakeDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:11 pm

Tricky Nick is sleeeeeeeeeazzzzzzzzzzy

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:13 pm

RTR22, Just did some research and found out UGA has 21 ten win seasons, so Alabama is 11 better than us. Also you guys have 14 national championship while UGA has only 2 :( . If Saban retires/resigns/ leaves the program in 5 years I say he adds at least one more. Seeing as how UGA wins national championship about every 35 years I’d say it is impossible for UGA to ever catch up with Bama unless your previous head coach comes back and UGA hires Chris Petersen :) . (this is all wishful thinking so don’t vilify me)

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:15 pm

For all the Saban hater’s on this blog, Would you not take Nick Saban the head coach at UGA right now based off of his coaching ability?

Lutzenkirchen

January 31st, 2012
9:15 pm

I’d sign with Kentucky if I were him. Believe it or not, Kentucky isn’t that bad of a football team. He could make an impact. Better than waiting another year. Why didn’t UGA offer him?

Ike

January 31st, 2012
9:22 pm

Gerald: Impressive post. This is not about hating on Saban, or ‘Bama, or claiming they are the only school that pulls stuff. They aren’t. It’s about a really good kid (yep, he is) making the right life choice at a pivotal moment. However it works out with football (and one never knows) I hope he goes where he’s wanted — right now. Because tomorrow is promised to no one.

M A Double T

January 31st, 2012
9:22 pm

How about another blackout? 31-0 @ halftime… just win baby…. that’s all Saban does… lot’s of ugly heads out there chiming in…. RMFT!!!!

ryan

January 31st, 2012
9:24 pm

Yes i would love to have Nick Saban but with the big day UGA is going to have to tomorrow i am happy with Richt and Todd Grantham is doing a hell of a job with our defense there is going to be some huge surprises on NSD keep an eye on Davlin Tomlinson and Josh Dawson .

DAWG

January 31st, 2012
9:24 pm

Nick Saban needs to run for congress and he would fit right in. This is a darn shame that a young man is screwed over.

CC

January 31st, 2012
9:27 pm

Someone needs to give Saban an old school butt kicking.

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:28 pm

M A Double T, UGA football has banned blackouts until further notice according to Greg McGarity. You will see the occasional Nike Pro Combat Uniform once in a while though.

ole dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:30 pm

Bad Dawg… NO I would not want Saban. I choose character over characters. My daddy raised me better.

David C

January 31st, 2012
9:30 pm

Everyone is Saying Saban screwed the kid over, but he is not ready to play this fall. If he wants to be part of a team that year in year out is going to compete for National Championships then whats 6 Months. Ole Miss is the only school offering and they are one of the worst teams in the conference. He has a firm offer to come in next January. It not like Saban pull Scholaship and told him he could not come. Uses some common sense.

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:31 pm

ryan, UGA will have a top 15 class no doubt but Alabama has the number one class in America again. Richt is just getting outclassed by Saban in terms of recruiting and coaching. It is hard to focus on recruiting while you are on the hot seat, that is something Saban will never have to worry about job security and the reason Richt got behind on recruiting the state of Georgia this year in my opinion.

ole dawg

January 31st, 2012
9:32 pm

Exactly what is Coach Richt’s record against Coach Saban?