BIZARRE: It is Alabama, no wait Auburn!

Will the recruiting news stop for one day so fans could enjoy basketball? Or at least not think about college football for one Saturday and maybe think about the Super Bowl?

I guess that is an impossible dream in a state that is always obsessed with football. And Saturday was a bizarre day in the recruiting ranks as Spencer Region told everyone he was an Alabama fan and was going to commit to the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, during an announcement ceremony in Cullman that changed.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, “I am going to Alabama,” Region told Scout.com before the announcement. “My family knew that’s where I wanted to go. They thought it was a good idea. Coach (Nick) Saban said to commit if I wanted to. Coach Saban was really excited. He said he has big plans for me.”

But something happened and it fell through.

Most of the early stories didn’t provide the details, but Scout.com had a little additional information.

“I apologize for giving you my commitment story this morning,” Region said. “I was committed to Alabama, and that’s where I believed I was going. I had planned to come here today to announce my commitment to Alabama. I spoke to Auburn on my way over here and felt more wanted by them.”

Let the last line sink in for a moment. “I spoke to Auburn on my way over here and felt more wanted by them.”

Does that tell us anything about Region’s emotional response?

But we can turn to Pravda, err I mean Auburn’s Rivals.com site for more information.

According to Rivals, “I felt like I was taken for granted even by the coaching staff at Alabama. That’s just not where I need to be. I’m not about to go into that kind of program.”

For those who can read between the lines, Region was obviously told his spot was conditional. What the condition might have been is impossible to say. It would seem to fit the facts when a lifelong Alabama fan tells everyone he is going to Alabama and then throws a hissy fit and picks Auburn. (And the fact the recruit told Scout.com prior to the ceremony where he was going speaks volumes about the situation in Cullman.)

One other note, you have to be disgusted by the Auburn BS spouted by the Rivals.com affiliate. This is the same group of “journalists” who encouraged fans to be at Big Cat Weekend, posted a video of Big Cat Weekend on the Rivals.com platform, and then redacted video evidence of recruiting violations once the violations were pointed out on Internet message boards and this website. Until Rivals forces its affiliates to exercise journalistic standards then these institutions are worse than Pravda. They are arms of the universities. One additional note about the Auburn spin from Rivals, the idea of “Pressure” is absurd considering quotes from Region where he admitted he always wanted the Alabama offer. Here is what he told Scout.com in January: “I am very excited. It felt really good to get the offer. This is the offer I have wanted. I have worked my butt off my whole life for this. It’s a great feeling, and I was so happy to have my family there with me.” One more note that I should add: How can Alabama pressure him, but Auburn want him MORE?

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  1. 1
    CRIMSON HAMMAH

    LISTEN U LITTLE WUSSY U R A 3 STAR TALENT AND U GET A 3 STAR OFFER…U R NOT WORTHY OF A PLACE IN THE GREATEST CLASS IN HISTORY…..I THOUGH THE SAME THING FOR WEEKS AND I AM SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT DISMUKES …Y THE HOOPLA AROUND THESE GUYS …

  2. 2
    bamadon

    If the kid ever gets to play for the cow college. I hope the defenses coaches at Alabama rehash this story to the defense line and takes revenge on this idiot kid!! RTR

  3. 5
    SweetHomeALGrl

    It does seem a little shady that he switched at the last moment. But, I think had the shoe been on the other foot, and an AU commit, switched to Alabama at the last moment, siting the same reason, it would be treated like a, “Good for him for seeing the light!” kinda deal. If it was based on emotion then…well…consider his age. He is young. All of these players are very young. These young men can hardly see 4 years ahead of themselves, let alone one season. I don’t think he deserves to be treated so harshly for his decision, even if it was made out of emotion or the “encouragement” of others. And besides…Alabama isn’t desperate for, as CRIMSON HAMMAH put it, a “LITTLE WUSSY”, “3 STAR TALENT”. Are they?

  4. 7
    CRIMSON HAMMAH

    THE HOOPLA AND THE LYING IS WHAT I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH …..AND I WILL BET U A 100 POINTS THAT ALL OF BAMA’S CROP OF OL WILL BE RATED HIGHER THAN SR AND THAT IS NOT TO DISPARAGE HIM….BAMA IS JUST IN A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE

  5. 8
    CRIMSON HAMMAH

    C’MON MAN – ON THE WAY TO ANNOUNCE FOR BAMA A FULL YR EARLY THAN REQUIRED AND GETS A PHONE CALL AND AT THE PODIUM SWITCHES TO AU AND THEN CRIES ABOUT BAMA NOT BEING FAMILY – IF U CAN PASS A LIE DETECTOR TEST SAYING THAT IS NOT LYING AND FLAKY AT BEST – I WILL GIVE U 500 POINTS

  6. 9
    SweetHomeALGrl

    @capstonereport…Exactly.

    Sometimes wisdom is afforded to the young. But more often than not, wisdom comes after a lifetime of mistakes. This young man has a lot of life to live and though it does seem a little sketchy that things happened as they did, he has to make his own decisions. Even if the fanbase or even his own family disapproves. Such is his right. None of us would/should remove such rights from another…even if we feel strongly about the decision.

  7. 10
    intheknow72

    When I was 17 I was immature too. I just didn’t have a mic to make a fool of myself in front of the world.

    Lifelong Bama fan and public commit does an about face and takes a verbal shot at our coaches.
    Niiiiice. I’m not sure we’ll be able to recover.

    Oh wait. Yes we will.

  8. 12
    intheknow72

    Are we sure he was holding an “official” offer from UA? Word is he wasn’t and the coaches asked him Friday night to hold off, but the occasion was already lined up for Saturday morning and his age got the best of him. Hence his description that “some stuff happened Friday night”…

    Let the Ambles, Allens and Regions of the world play elsewhere. We already have a captain, and if you don’t know your role, go elsewhere.

  9. 13
    alex hamilton

    I grew up in that area. Some people from Cullman are some of the biggest idiots you will ever meet. The main circuit judge is a major asshole. A lot of people I’ve met from Cullman are good folk, but some of those people act like they are God. I think this “me first” little boy will fit in well on the plains.

    Oh, another thing about Cullman, they’ve got some major racists. Used to have a sign up (as of the early 80’s that read something to the effect “don’t let the sun go down on you n….”). I don’t know if it’s because they were all close nit clans up on a hill, isolated for decades or what, but they always took cheap shots at our black athletes when we played them in H.S. football in the early 90’s. Nonetheless, we kicked their ass every year. My senior year we beat them 35-7.

    This “boy” just wants to be the starting left tackle and he probably knows that Kouandjio is going to be the 5 star left tackle, centerpiece of next year’s Alabama class.

    Anyway, good luck Regions. You just decided to attend a school that won’t have Arie Kouandjio’s “little” brother in front of you on the depth chart.

  10. 14
    BamaHate

    Yeah, good ridance we will take a 6’6 350 lb lineman. As always scraps from Nickys plate. Does that actually make sense to you?

    Have you ever listened to your little Napoleonic coach talk to his own fans and beat writers? I guess as long as he wins it won’t matter what kind of person he is. But that is just it, you actually have to treat recruits like people not like your buying a dog, huh… What a shame.

    Keep telling yourself it is ok for Chiznik the 5-19 coach to clean your clcok in recruiting. Beleive that is called delusion. The guy is 18 yr old and knows when somebody doesn’t appreciate him as a person first and foremost, this is not the only recruits who will switch, I promise. After seeing Nicky cussing out Julio on the sidelines at the LSU game, I know how much he values his players.

  11. 15
    capstonereport

    Clean Alabama’s clock in recruiting?

    LOL. Right because finishing ahead of AU in 2 of the 3 major recruiting services is really getting beat. I’ve heard delusion in my life, but this AU guy wins the award for it. 🙂

  12. 16
    almightytmc1

    Calm down Cappy,

    “clean Alabama’s clock in recruiting” falls under the heading “Moral Victory”.
    I for one would like to congratulate Gene Chizik on (almost but not quite,) “Cleaning Alabama’s clock in recruiting”. And I would like to encourage him to keep up the (almost) good work at The University of Auburn.

    3 (MORAL VICTORY) CHEERS FOR COACH GENE CHIZIK!!!
    HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
    HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
    HIP

  13. 17
    almightytmc1

    Bamahate.
    Surely you cannot be this stupid.
    I would bet you probably think Pat Dye is a Noble Man too, right?
    And that a 13-24 coach can recruit with the heavy hitters in the NCAA.
    And that Auburn will rule college football soon.
    You sir, are a feckless jugghead.
    Pat Dye WILL get Auburn back on probation.
    Gene Chizik is not even as good a coach as Les Miles.
    And Auburn will roll in the cesspool of mediocrity for as long as they have ignorant fans like you who dont expect better from the University of Auburn athletic department.
    Oh yeah, the period is the end of this post.

  14. 18
    bamadon

    What was worst watching Bama’s basketball team blow a 23 point lead and get beat by 7 points or Saban and company being punked by a 17 year old brat!! RTR

  15. 19
    Tide Tidbits – February 7, 2010 | BamaFootball4Life

    […] BIZARRE: It is Alabama, no wait Auburn! Will the recruiting news stop for one day so fans could enjoy basketball? Or at least not think about college football for one Saturday and maybe think about the Super Bowl? I guess that is an impossible dream in a state that is always obsessed with football. And Saturday was a bizarre day in the recruiting ranks as Spencer Region told everyone he was an Alabama fan and was going to commit to the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, during an announcement ceremony in Cullman that changed. Will the recruiting news stop for one day so fans could enjoy basketball? Or at least not think about college football for one Saturday and maybe think about the Super Bowl? I guess that is an impossible dream in a state that is always obsessed with football. And Saturday was a bizarre day in the recruiting ranks as Spencer Region told everyone he was an Alabama fan and was going to commit to the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, during an announcement ceremony in Cullman that changed. [More] […]

  16. 20
    Mandy

    Hey bammer trash. Every recruit is gonna turn on your goofy arses. Noone wants to play for a coach like that that is all business all the time. You all are dumber than dirt. Let the chips fall. You morons.

  17. 21
    NC13RollTide

    I like the quote from the kid..”My family and I talked about it. They are happy with my decision (to go to Auburn). Football is a great sport, but without your family you have nothing. Auburn really preaches family, and **they are going to take care of you.** That’s what I am all about.”

  18. 24
    intheknow72

    Yeah Mandy, it’s all about HAVING FUN! No championships on the horizon in Lee County, but look at all the fun they’re gonna have!

    They get to wear uniforms, and catch footballs and run out in front of girls shaking pom-poms! It’s gonna be GREAT! Just like Juwan Simpson used to like to do pre-Saban!

    If you need us, we’ll be shelving hardware. But have fun Spence!!

  19. 25
    Ballplay Indian

    Yall are too predictable. Who couldnt see the backlash to this 17 year old kid, for doing what he thought was right for him. You people are pathetic.

  20. 26
    julio

    The buzz in Montgomery is that Saban told the kid if he took any visits to any other schools he would no longer be offered a scholarship, whereas AU encouraged him to take all his visits. That sounds to be in line with Saban’s diatribe last week about recruits committing and still visiting other schools. Saban’s walking a pretty dangerous tightrope if he’s gonna adopt that stance as a policy. Not to mention its the most hypocritical load of BS I’ve ever heard…Shon Coleman’s committment to AU sure didn’t seem to pose any ethical restraints on Saban recruiting him.

  21. 27
    2 RING FAN - BAMA SAINTS

    REGION IS A 3 STAR AT BEST – BAMA WAS LIKE IF U COMMIT EVEN THOUGH WE VE GOT BIGGER FISH TO FRY WE WILL STICK WITH U..BUT REALLY ITS THE 15K HE GOT FROM DYE AND HIS DAD GOT A BIG LOAN PAID OFF….

  22. 30
    Ballplay Indian

    Typical Saban crootin tactics. Wait and see if the clown doesnt get another rule created in his honor. You know how pathetic it is to offer a kid a full stinkin year before NSD and expect him not to take any other visits. But yet, allow all other kids whove already committed to other schools to visit you….That is pure Bullcrap…Typical Saban tactics. This dude thinks he owns these kids. What a jerk.

  23. 31
    Big red A

    If this little sumbitch is goin’ to the barn, why is he still taking another “official” visit to T-town.

    Mandy, or julio, whatever you’re using now, fuck off, get some more duct tape and tampons and plug both ends.

    Ballsack, you don’t have to like his tactics, but they do work, year after year after year after year. AU sucks at everything but goat fucking.

  24. 32
    Ballplay Indian

    Big Red A-hole…..How did it get so inflamed ? Wait , dont answer that….Its a freekin double standard that your “Coah of Integrety” has in place that is bullcrap. First, he lets kids who have committed to other schools visit him, but will not let his commits visit other schools. Hold on , let me think about that. Regions was a Bama commit , and couldnt visit anywhere else, so he committed somewhere else, and now he is still being recruited by Saban ?!?!?!?!?! How does that make any sense at all ? Seems like the smart thing to do for a recruit is just to not commit to Alabama.

  25. 33
    Big red A

    I don’t know if he’s still being recruited by Saban. Visits are voluntary dumbass. Who gives a shit anyway, I just like calling you “Ballsack”, but fuck you anyway, seems like “you can’t fix stupid” is a fact, after all you are a dipshit barnie.

  26. 34
    julio

    Big Red A$$, are you so freakin’ black hole stupid that you think a recruit can just “voluntarily” show up for a recruiting visit without being invited?? What an idiot.

    Now quick, generically call me a “stupid barnie” without citing any specific basis for doing so. That’ll mask the fact that you just said a recruit can show up at Saban’s office whenever he wants without an invitation.

  27. 35
    capstonereport

    You stupid barnie! Of course, Saban welcomes everyone to his office with open arms! He’s just that kind of guy. Very nice. Willing to take time and show fans around the athletic complex. He’ll put off meetings hours just to chat about the weather.

    Speaking of…I think it is going to snow!

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