Dalvin Tomlinson’s connection to Alabama ‘grayshirt scandal’ (UPDATED)

Dalvin Tomlinson, who picked Alabama over Georgia Tech and UGA on signing day, was not connected to the Crimson Tide’s “grayshirting” scandal, according to his coach.

Two longtime Alabama commitments (both recovering from knee injuries) were told only weeks before signing day by Nick Saban that they couldn’t sign with the Crimson Tide this year. Both were given the option to “grayshirt” or delay enrolling at Alabama in 2013.

If you commit to Nick Saban, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork (AP)

What we learned: If you commit to Nick Saban, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork (AP)

Justin Taylor, a running back from North Atlanta High School, was apparently no longer needed after Alabama upgraded at the position when 5-star RB TJ Yeldon flipped from Auburn to the Crimson Tide. Taylor, who missed most of his senior season with a knee injury, ended up signing with Kentucky and had some strong comments for Saban: “[As] far as pulling the scholarship, I think they did me wrong. I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.” (Click on story link)

Meanwhile, Darius Philon is the “story that won’t go away,” according to a Sunday column by al.com’s Mike Herndon. Philon, a defensive lineman from Prichard, Ala., injured his knee toward the end of his senior season. On signing day, Philon put on an Alabama baseball cap at an emotional ceremony [see video below] but ended up signing hours later with Arkansas – a school he never visited. Philon’s coach told al.com “He had the world snatched up from under him.” Philon was apparently no longer needed after Alabama upgraded at the position with defensive linemen Dalvin Tomlinson and Korren Kirven.

We addressed the Tomlinson-for-Philon rumors with Henry County coach Mike Rozier over the weekend.

  • How did Dalvin end up going to Alabama? Did it have anything to do with Alabama offering a “grayshirt” to another player? “From day one, Dalvin was going to Alabama. He kept delaying and everything, and it got kind of close with the scholarship numbers. But Nick wanted Dalvin from day one. He was Nick’s boy. Coach Saban fell in love with him a long time ago. Alabama never waived on that kid. There was no ‘grayshirt’ mention with Dalvin whatsoever by Alabama. All that other stuff is rumor and speculation … Dalvin always had a scholarship at Alabama. That thing that happened over at North Atlanta [Justin Taylor], that wasn’t the same thing here. Dalvin always had a a scholarship to Alabama.”
  • What about Alabama’s scholarship numbers? “I kept hearing everybody say that Alabama was getting close to being full and telling me ‘You need to do something, if that is where Dalvin wants to go.’ Alabama was Dalvin’s No. 1 choice but he didn’t want to rush things. I know Alabama was close to being full. Dalvin actually committed to Coach Saban when he made an in-home visit on MLK Day [on Jan. 16] but he wanted to keep it a secret until signing day.”
  • For an elite prospect, Dalvin never seemed to the flashy type or want the media attention. Why do you think Dalvin kept it a secret for three more weeks? “I asked him that. He just wanted to make sure on his part. On Alabama’s part of the deal, there was never any hesitation. They always wanted him. When it got close with the numbers at Alabama and he needed to do something, Dalvin committed. But he wanted to keep it a secret and that I can’t answer. I don’t know why.”
    AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson was "Nick's boy" all along, claims his coach (AJC)

    AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson was "Nick's boy" all along, claims his coach (AJC)

  • Who else knew Dalvin had committed to Alabama weeks ago? “I’m the only one he told at first. He finally fessed up to [Georgia Tech assistant Joe Speed] a few days before signing day about where he was going. Coach Speed honored his wishes by keeping it a secret. Now I can’t answer why Dalvin wanted to wait until signing day. He couldn’t give me an answer on that. But our timing had nothing to do with [Philon] because Dalvin always had an Alabama offer. Alabama was the most truthful school in the recruiting process. They were the most honest. They didn’t pester him and they didn’t bug him. That was one big thing that Dalvin liked about Alabama – that they didn’t downgrade other programs. Coach Saban spoke very highly of other programs, especially Georgia and Georgia Tech. And Dalvin, with the type of character he has, he appreciated that. Alabama didn’t play any games with him.”
  • Are you talking about Georgia Tech and UGA? “It was more Georgia Tech than Georgia. Dalvin wasn’t upfront with Coach Speed until right before the dead period. Coach Speed just thought the numbers didn’t look good at Alabama and that they were holding a spot for him at Georgia Tech.
  • What about UGA? “I think when Dalvin didn’t go on his official visit there, they got the hint. Dalvin did have a family problem [which made him cancel], but the signs were there when he didn’t go to UGA on the official visit or make plans to reschedule it. I guess they got the idea then. He wasn’t upfront with them … Dalvin really liked [UGA RB coach Bryan McClendon]. He said if McClendon was the defensive line coach, he might’ve considered going to Georgia. He thought very highly of Coach McClendon and developed a relationship with him. But he’s the running backs coach. When I say that, Alabama was his No. 1 school all along. I don’t know why he waited it out but he was never going to Georgia or Georgia Tech.”

Other items on “the story that won’t go away”

Justin Taylor on Bama: "... they did me wrong. I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.”  (AJC)

Justin Taylor on Bama: "... they did me wrong. I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.” (AJC)

  • The moral of this story: If you commit to Alabama, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork.
  • Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News: “Call me cynical, but there’s no question that Philon and Taylor were more committed to Alabama than Alabama was to them when better players lined up to take their place. And yet, despite stories like Philon’s and Taylor’s, an awful lot of prospects can’t wait to play for Alabama … What does it all mean? When Saban’s process is good, it’s very good. When it goes bad, Alabama goes on, and some young men go away.”
  • Al.com’s Mike Herndon: “All verbal commitments are non-binding, even from coaches who claim to be “old-fashioned” and believe “a commitment is a commitment.” On Wednesday, Saban praised the players who had stuck by their commitments to Alabama in this year’s class, calling it “a positive thing for us in terms of managing our recruiting this year.” What his actions have told future recruits, however, is that if you get hurt, that commitment isn’t necessarily a two-way street.”
  • One thing that might’ve been overlooked by many from the Justin Taylor story was the conversation between North Atlanta coach Stanley Prichett and Chris Rumph, the Alabama assistant in charge of botching Taylor’s situation. When they talked on signing day, Rumph apparently was putting pressure on Justin to make a decision for Feb. 2013 — which is a year away. Said Prichett: “[Rumph] asked what Justin was going to do because they wanted to go after some other people.”
  • Apparently, no one asked Saban about Justin Taylor or Darius Philon at Alabama’s signing day press conference. However, Saban may have alluded to both when he said this: “I think basically what we did was, because of the cynical attitude people have towards whether coaches are really doing what’s in the best interest of the young people that we coach, which I sort of resent, to be honest with you, because that’s one of the things that we pride ourselves in, we actually took some opportunities away from guys that really wanted to come to Alabama that we couldn’t sign, and they couldn’t come here because we couldn’t offer that [sign and grayshirt] option to them.” Note: The AJC requested an interview with Saban last week to give his version of events with Taylor or his recruiting tactics in general. We’re awaiting his response.

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1,172 comments Add your comment

Tide Roll

February 6th, 2012
9:59 am

SEC fans—furious at Saban / Alabama for winning all these BCS titles. 2 out of 3 years, with more to come. This 2012 Bama team may be one of the best yet. Saban’s reloaded for another title run.

md4ua1994

February 6th, 2012
10:00 am

Wow! Lots and lots of butthurt bulldogs and barners here! Neither Taylor nor Philon’s scholarship was pulled. Both scholarships would have been honored. They were only asked to delay their enrollment by a semester. Too bad you morons failed that reading comprehension class in middle school. Keep on bitching, whining and moaning…..maybe that’ll help the butthurt. Roll Tide boys and girls!

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:00 am

@A.B. Normal

“College football is BIG business. Big business can get messy. When it gets messy people get hurt. End of story.”

Not really. The corruption in the big business is the problem. Just like it is the problem at AL. Keep trying to defend and deflect. Funny to read.

Great Recruiter

February 6th, 2012
10:01 am

Grayshirting and pulling scholarships is only half of Alabama’s problem. Alabama has 114 players on there roster next year. They can only give scholarships to 85. I wish someone would report on the 19 kids that have signed with ‘Bama but will not be on scholarship next season. This is the bigger problem with Saban. If you do not meet his standards, he will pull your scholarship and give it to someone else.

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:02 am

@md4ua1994

Another fool(e.g. AL supporter) who wants to deflect from the corruption that is reigning at AL.

bigtime

February 6th, 2012
10:04 am

I would personally like to thank the state of Georgia for Reuben Foster and Robert Nkemdiche. You guys are helping build the Bama dynasty and we sure do appreciate it. Like LeBron said, “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five…..” Well, you get it.

Or maybe you don’t While you losers watch Mark Richt’s players get arrested and finish with mediocre records year after year, Bama is winning national championships, graduating players at an alarming rate for an annual national title contender, and not getting arrested.

The bottom line here is, Nick Saban coaches champs, Mark Richt coaches chumps. Georgia won’t ever be anything more than a middle of the road SEC team. I wish that the conference would trade you bunch of pansies for Florida State or VT. At least they do their talking on the field…

Otha

February 6th, 2012
10:05 am

Jonathan Jean-Bart of Henry County HS will be grayshirted by Georgia State University’s Coach Bill Curry. I. Am. OUTRAGED. Thanks for the coverage.

stingembuzz

February 6th, 2012
10:05 am

secbama,
I can not believe I am speaking up for UGA, but kicking players off the team for theft makes sense to me. If that is “minor” in Tuscaloosa, what are we not hearing about your football players? How major are the crimes that they are committing?

Roswell RTR

February 6th, 2012
10:06 am

Get over it Jawja fans. Saban is making Georgia his backyard and will be taking what he wants. Quit sounding like a Big 10/11/12 crybaby and compete for what you want. Otherwise, get used to being dominated…

Bama Mike

February 6th, 2012
10:07 am

P & S

And your crack pot team of investigators/journalist have arrived at this conclusion. Again show us who lost in these situations? Your envy is noted.

AJCwithyetanotherhackjob

February 6th, 2012
10:07 am

I love all the Saban haters. And you guys wonder why he cares so much about winning.

There are several facts that are conveniently left out of this (and many, many other) hack job. First, Alabama didn’t strip Taylor or Philon of their scholarship offers to UA. That’s not at all what happened and any football fan with half a brain should know this. If anything, Taylor and Philon didn’t honor their commitment because they chose to sign elsewhere when their offer to Alabama was still there. All Saban and UA did was ask the two kids to enroll a semester later (a grand total of 4 months) and they would come in on full scholarship. Neither one would play next season because they are still rehabbing. Actually, Philon hasn’t even had surgery on his knee yet; surgery and rehab that will be required for him to compete at the SEC level. And you know what else? Philon has a really good chance of not qualifying academically anyway.

On to another point…where’s the outrage when kids are committed to one school for months, only to flip on National Signing Day to a different team and leave the team and coach that kid was once committed to scrambling to fill that now vacant spot? That happens FAR more often than a coach telling a kid to defer his enrollment by 4 months. Also, where’s the outrage with other programs that use this exact same tactic? There’s not any because those programs aren’t winning…which brings me to my next point.

Saban’s job is to win, and he’s doing a pretty good job of it right now. He gets paid to win football games. In order to do that, he feels he needs to get the best players and coaches to come in and give him the best shot to do his job…which again is what? To WIN. Does it suck for Taylor and Philon because Saban is doing what’s required? Yes and no. Yes because they don’t get to go to Alabama right away. No, because they chose to go elsewhere and play.

Terry

February 6th, 2012
10:07 am

Bama Mike, You can try all day long, to make it sound like Saban did nothing wrong, but at the end of the day, Saban lied to these kids, and if your a believer in God, you know what his word says about liar’s.

RTR 14 championships

February 6th, 2012
10:08 am

Every time I turn around its another violation by Mark Richt, & last week he released 3 players but gives no reason why. But Nick Saban is the devil? Hahaha. Its simple to see through the ignorant hypocrisy from the losers is Georgia. Nick Saban for President!!

jaglaw

February 6th, 2012
10:09 am

BOTTOM LINE: Kids go to Bama because they cant qualify at Tech, UGA, UF, etc. Its just the truth. My father spent years in the georgia education system, attempting to merge a technical college with ones in Alabama. He said, ” …theres no way to do this merger, the kids in that state (AL) are so far behind ours (GA)..”
Now, I know UGA doesnt have the highest qualification requirements in the land, but they are quite respectable. And despite my love for UGA, I must admit, Tech has relatively high standards as well.
As long as this is the case, AL will constantly get kids that might normaly struggle academically elsewhere.

Roswell RTR

February 6th, 2012
10:09 am

College is the training ground for the real world. Why is no one crying for kids who can’t hack the academics at the school they choose and lose their academic scholarship?

The Bear

February 6th, 2012
10:09 am

Question: What is an Athletic Scholarship? Athletic scholarship is one of the numerous types of scholarships offered to indivduals. An Athletic scholarship is offered to Athletes’ to attend a college or university, awarded to an individual based predominantly on his or her ABILITY to play in a sport.
RTR

North Campus Trash

February 6th, 2012
10:11 am

MC, I thought this was supposed to be reported blog of recruiting information, and as such, subject to the rules of professional and ethical journalism. if you want to be a columnist, talk to your bosses about a promotion and stop field-testing your rough drafts on the rest of us.

stingembuzz

February 6th, 2012
10:11 am

Great Recruiter

February 6th, 2012
10:01 am

Grayshirting and pulling scholarships is only half of Alabama’s problem. Alabama has 114 players on there roster next year. They can only give scholarships to 85. I wish someone would report on the 19 kids that have signed with ‘Bama but will not be on scholarship next season. This is the bigger problem with Saban. If you do not meet his standards, he will pull your scholarship and give it to someone else.

that’s not a 19…that’s a 29

jaglaw

February 6th, 2012
10:12 am

In Alabama’s defense, I do honestly like their brand of FB. They run, block, and tackle better than anyone else. Those fundamentals, and the ability to play power FB has always impressed me. If I wasnt a UGA fan, I would probably be a Bama fan. They do have a great tradition.

Tdawg

February 6th, 2012
10:13 am

gbal if I am not mistaken a verbal deal carries as much weight as a written agreement, especially if the verbal was wittnessed by a third party. The kids and their parents could most likely sue the schools and make them honor their offer, if they chose to do so. I would also think that they could sue these schools for breech of contract and get a monatary settlement from the school. I am shocked that in today’s law suit happy country that this hasn’t already happened. Righ now, if I were thsse parents, I’d be dragging their lying arses to court right now.

gadawgs

February 6th, 2012
10:14 am

SEC Bama..word is they alledgedly stole money from teammates. That is not a minor violation. And trust me Nick Marshall is an outstanding football player that was going to play alot next year. So you are way off base on this one.

Bama Mike

February 6th, 2012
10:16 am

Terry, Pleeeease ( eyes rolling back ). It’s just a grayshirt matter. No broken promises. Again last time I checked they are still in a better situation than most of their classmates.

bucket

February 6th, 2012
10:16 am

Since all the Bama fans on here apparently don’t know what integrity looks like I will provide you a case study: Let’s suppose a certain high school player commits to Alabama for next year. He commits 11 months prior to NSD and is the 7th commitment for that class. The young man doesn’t visit any other schools because he is committed to Alabama. Then the kid gets hurt during his senior season, but it’s not a career ending injury, but he’s probably going to need a year of rehab to be sure he’s ready to play in college. A coach with integrity should go to the kid and say, “Kid, in our opinion you are not going to be ready to play as a true freshman. So here’s what I want you to do. You committed to me, so I am committed to you. I want you to take a redshirt for this coming season. You will sign on NSD and come in next summer and start working with the team and rehabbing with our medical staff. You can get a head start on your college by really concentrating on your schoolwork and then you will have a chance to start playing as a redshirt freshman.” If your coach does this you won’t have to read negative stories about your school in the paper and you won’t have 18 year old kids and their coaches saying, “They did us wrong.”

TechMan23

February 6th, 2012
10:16 am

The more things that change, the more they stay the same.
Shocker,
bama/saban’s program is dirty(greyshirting scam)… whats the limit on greyshirts??nada..lol
…..whats the cost/risk of greyshirts???? zip/nada;except to the children
Bbryant’s program was dirty(oversigning/dumping).
Is this a Shocker…..no.

Also, doesn’t DTs “coach” sound more like a snakey “Agent”? Guess he’s not a coach any more, anyway…..

question

February 6th, 2012
10:20 am

If Alabama claims 14 national titles but has really only won 8, shouldn’t they get to commit to 30 or so prospects but only sign 25 of them?

Tdawg

February 6th, 2012
10:21 am

RTR 14 championships, dang right Adolf Saban, I mean Nick Hitler, I mean that that lying SOB. My bad. As soon as I said lie, I knew who I was talking about. That lying pathetic excuse of a human being, Nick Saban for president. Roll Retards, I mean Tide. Same difference.

Tree Killer

February 6th, 2012
10:21 am

We can hide over here in the Red Neck Fortress, kill trees, pretend like we have a University, and pay athletes. We are so isolated, that no one kind find out. Here is what I think though, we either win it all or not at all. Heck Ray Goff beat us a couple of times. Saban knows how to recruit, prepare execute and manage. That is what he gets paid to do. He lives on a high wire. If he falls he will fall big. He knows how to contain the press, and his atheletes. They get to live in an Athletic Dorm. You can’t do that at most schools anymore. You can at Alabama. Give him credit, he has done what he got hired to do. If you have issues take it up with those that should be monitoring his practices. Otherwise, leave him alone. Mark RIcht has an even record with him. Les Miles has a winning record with him. He is on top right now. Give him his due. One more thing, when he has an assistant that is pulling down the rest of the staff/team, he finds him another place to go. Compare that to WIllie M, and the downfall which it caused at UGA, or how Tech used Gailey, or the less than mediocrity currently afforded at UT. Remember one other thing. It is just a game, high stakes, but just a game to most. Here in Bama it is a life.

Tdawg

February 6th, 2012
10:24 am

budket, please do not try to confuse these bama fans with lodgic. It give’s them a headace.

Terry

February 6th, 2012
10:29 am

Bama Mike, Call it what you want, Saban lied, know wonder Alabama is below average in education.

Bama Mike

February 6th, 2012
10:30 am

Tdawg, Show us the lie. Show us who was offended. Sorry your spell check is not working today. Its “logic.” Envy does that to you. Can cloud your “lodgic” and give you a “headace”

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:31 am

@bigtime

“Or maybe you don’t While you losers watch Mark Richt’s players get arrested and finish with mediocre records year after year, Bama is winning national championships, graduating players at an alarming rate for an annual national title contender, and not getting arrested.”

The comments from a Bama supporter with the intelligence of a toilet bowl skid mark. Both schools recruit the same players and you really believe they change when they cross the state line? Why is it AL doesn’t suspend on first time failures on drug tests? BURIED. AL always has and always will operate a corrupt program. ESPN has raised the stakes and continues to spray air fresher to cover up the stink of the AL program.

The Bear

February 6th, 2012
10:31 am

@Tdawg What? Spell check is on most computers. Try it.

PMC

February 6th, 2012
10:32 am

I find it hilarious that “integrity” is spoke about in regards to major college football.

bigtime

February 6th, 2012
10:34 am

“Terry

February 6th, 2012
10:29 am
Bama Mike, Call it what you want, Saban lied, *know wonder Alabama is below average in education.”

*Irony

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:34 am

@Roswell RTR

Why do inbred, buck toothed clowns who support ‘Bama’ live in Georgia? Go back to the septic tank cleaning business capital of the world and worship your corrupt foot ball god.

The Bear

February 6th, 2012
10:35 am

PMC agree no school is completely clean

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:36 am

So the BCS can crown a champ who couldn’t win their conference?

Let the ESPN corruption continue!

look at me now...

February 6th, 2012
10:36 am

There is tremendous pressure to win and build a program that can sustain a university and contribute to the bottom line. It is a business! The kids have to understand this part. Saban is doing just that. Ole Urban “Cryer” is showing the Big10 how we recruit down here and now there are some rumblings from other Big 10 schools. It is what it is. These kids will be o.k. To them they don’t care where they get their PE degree. Most are only there to stay eligible long enough til someone says you’re ready for the next level. Kids want to go to the Bama’s and LSU’s. The rest of the schools got to either learn how to play the recruiting game or remain a distant third to the big two in the SEC.

Bama Mike

February 6th, 2012
10:37 am

Terry, Our faith is in “the process” which has rewarded us with 2 National Championships in the past 3 years. The almight has greater issues than football recruiting. But do not fret. Remember CMR loves you. But be forever warned. That love goes only two deep on the depth chart.

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:39 am

@The Bear “PMC agree no school is completely clean”

Bama translation. “Everyone else is cheating so we have too.”

This type of logic is the result a family tree with just a trunk.

bigtime

February 6th, 2012
10:39 am

“Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:31 am
@bigtime

“Or maybe you don’t While you losers watch Mark Richt’s players get arrested and finish with mediocre records year after year, Bama is winning national championships, graduating players at an alarming rate for an annual national title contender, and not getting arrested.”

The comments from a Bama supporter with the intelligence of a toilet bowl skid mark. Both schools recruit the same players and you really believe they change when they cross the state line? Why is it AL doesn’t suspend on first time failures on drug tests? BURIED. AL always has and always will operate a corrupt program. ESPN has raised the stakes and continues to spray air fresher to cover up the stink of the AL program.”
It sounds like you are still making excuses for your pi$$-poor football team, or lack thereof. When is the last time the ‘DAWGS’ have won anything other than the Fulmer Cup? You ‘DAWGS’ are all alike; All bark, no bite. Too bad it carries over to the football field as well. Weak as water, this is UGA football.

bigtime

February 6th, 2012
10:41 am

No wonder y’all carry around Florida’s jock-strap all the time. Listen to yourselves whine like a bunch of school girls.

The Bear

February 6th, 2012
10:42 am

I am proud of my Trunk! Never thought someone would stoop that low!………….. The nerve of some people just amazes me!

Joplin

February 6th, 2012
10:42 am

Remember when Bammers cried and cried because Fulmer ratted them out? Oh, now that they are winning everyone else is a crybaby. Saban is receiving the same oversight that they had of the program at Penn State. Sooner or later there will be a big fall. It happens every time. Who will be crying then?

Bobby Dodd

February 6th, 2012
10:43 am

Bryant was filth and Saban is filth. Nothing has changed at Bama…. Roll Tide! WEEEHEWWWWW!!!!!!!

Plain and simple solution

February 6th, 2012
10:45 am

@Bama Mike

“Our faith is in “the process” which has rewarded us with 2 National Championships in the past 3 years.”

Your faith is in a corrupt process. You posts demonstrate you are nothing more than a fool who thinks because AL football team wins at all costs, it somehow reflects positively on you as a supporter and as AL as a university.

Dawg FAN

February 6th, 2012
10:45 am

3 players kicked off of UGA’s team and Dawg fan’s are worried about something that happened 2 weeks ago. That’s why we’re in the position we’re in. Let’s worry about OUR team and not what happens elsewhere.

bigtime

February 6th, 2012
10:50 am

“Dawg FAN

February 6th, 2012
10:45 am
3 players kicked off of UGA’s team and Dawg fan’s are worried about something that happened 2 weeks ago. That’s why we’re in the position we’re in. Let’s worry about OUR team and not what happens elsewhere.”

This is the first rational UGA fan that has been on here in a while. Kudos to you, sir.

Lefty

February 6th, 2012
10:53 am

If kids are going to leave schools hanging until the last minute to commit, the coaches have every right to protect themselves and keep seeking others who WILL sign on signing day. Why would you make only 25 offers when half of those kids might jump at the last minute…or get hurt and not be able to play. It sounds like good policy to me regardless of which coaches are doing it. I smell sour grapes!!!

WDE

February 6th, 2012
10:53 am

I can’t really be mad at Bama or Saban they are within the limits of the rules at this time. The only way to make this a fair fight is to allow a recruit to sign a LOI the day he “commits” that will slow down the process, coaches won’t offer what they are selling to 10 th graders etc if they can be obligated at that point. If you can sign when offered and that is binding few underclassmen will be offered as coaches will adopt a completely different mind set on stockpiling commits.