Archive For The “Recruiting” Category

Petey Smith commits to Alabama

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Linebacker Petey Smith committed to Alabama, according to Tampa Bay Online. Smith is rated a three-star linebacker by Rivals. Smith picked the Tide over several other SEC schools including Auburn. According to ESPN, Smith held over 50 scholarship offers. ESPN rates Smith as an 81. Smith made the decision following an in-home visit with Nick…

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Miles wants Rueben Randle

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Les Miles wants Bastrop, LA., receiver Rueben Randle so badly he has the state government getting involved. According to the Advocate, Randle received a personal tour of the state capitol from the governor’s chief of staff. The government official met with the recruit “at LSU’s request.” “Teepell said there is a paid internship slot in…

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Richardson the latest Meyer-Saban battleground

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Five-star recruit Trent Richardson is the latest battleground for the future of the SEC. The first skirmish for the SEC took place in the Georgia Dome as a resurgent Alabama Crimson Tide played the eventual national champion Florida Gators. Score round one for Meyer. The next skirmish in this battle of the coaching titans is…

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Recruiting: Saban’s secret weapon

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Nick Saban dominates on the recruiting trail for a host of reasons (he explained some of them last year and you can read how he evaluates players here), but one big reason is his sincerity. Sincerity is what has Alabama surging in the mind of Lowndes DB Greg Reid. Reid is rated a five-star player…

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What’s up with Jonathan Atchison?

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…or What’s up with the media? Douglass linebacker Jonathan Atchison remains committed to Alabama despite confusion on the Internet. According to BamaOnline.com the linebacker said his visit to Auburn wasn’t sign of a defection, “ I decided to come down here with my uncle, and I didn’t have anything else to do,” said Atchison. “I…

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Tide lands new place kicker commitment

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Jeremy Shelley has decided to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide and coach Nick Saban, according to a report from Palmetto Sports. Shelley will have “preferred walk-on” status with Alabama. He had a similar offer from South Carolina, but decided he preferred playing for Nick Saban. “I loved everything about it,” Shelley told Palmetto…

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Recruiting: Love letter to Rueben Randle

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Recruiting is a creepy affair. Forty-year-old men sit around at lunch talking about the awesome “stats” (bodies) of 18-year-olds. “Did you see those biceps?” Of course the homoerotic nature of recruiting isn’t the creepiest part; the creepiest part is how media outlets like recruiting sites and even major newspapers shill for the home team. Gannett’s…

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Recruiting evaluation

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College football fans need something to do in January, so the football gods ordained January a time for recruiting. It is a nice bridge from the crazy bowl season into the frenzy of spring practice. And it is important too. Some research shows a direct correlation between getting top recruits and winning percentage; there certainly…

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Recruiting: Chizik now 1-0 at Auburn

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A recruiting site can be a cheerleader for the team it covers. And who would be a bigger cheerleader than Auburn’s Phillip Marshall? Marshall declared Gene Chizik’s first recruiting weekend a “win.” That means Chizik now has a perfect record coaching the Auburn Tigers. 1-0 baby! That elevates Chizik’s record to a sizzling 6-19! Can…

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Recruiting Overdrive

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The first recruiting weekend of January concluded and guess what?!? Everyone had a super happy fun time. Whether you read Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, etc. recruiting websites you’ll find a plethora of stories on recruits singing each school’s praise. One lesson from reading this weekend’s recruiting stories—Recruits are bigger teases than strippers looking for tips….

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Freshmen have changed football

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Recruiting has changed. Freshmen arrive on campus bigger and more likely to contribute than in the past. It takes some adjustment and changes the analysis when you consider how a team could perform in the fall. I never expected Julio Jones to make as significant a contribution as he did in 2008. I should have….

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Could another freshman start at left tackle?

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Andre Smith started 13 games as a freshman. By his junior year he was the best offensive lineman in the country—if you can believe the draft experts and the Outland Trophy. Also, you’d have to say Smith’s loss added to Alabama’s discombobulation along the offensive line of scrimmage in the Sugar Bowl. But how do…

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Recruiting takes center stage

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Can anyone doubt Alabama needs to upgrade its talent? Improved attitudes went a long way toward Alabama’s 12-2 SEC West division winner, Sugar Bowl invited team. 2008 was a good season, but there is considerable work to do for 2009 and 2010 to be even better. The process continues and once again enters the important…

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DJ Fluker pancakes Okafur

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While this year’s college football season reaches its climax with bowls, the future of college football is on display in practices leading up to the Army All-American Bowl. The gamefeatures some of the best high school recruits in the country. Rivals and Scout are both on the scene, and Rivals posted this video of Alabama…

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Recruiting: Reuben Randle talks Tide, LSU

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Recruiting season is about to explode into focus as the bowl season nears its January conclusion. One name everyone is watching is Reuben Randle. Randle is rumored to favor LSU or Alabama. You can see Randle address those rumors and talk about playing with a receiver like Julio Jones in this Rival’s video embedded below….

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Recruiting: Atchison not meeting with Florida

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Recent Alabama commitment Jonathan Atchison, 6’3″, 212 lbs., of Douglas, GA., reportedly won’t meet with Florida. The AJC reported Sunday evening a meeting between Florida’s Charlie Strong and Atchison was “doubtful.” On the topic of recruiting, I’ll get a rundown on recruiting soon now that the season has ended. Advertisement: Story continues below

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Report: Tide will sign close to full amount

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Rivals.com’s Alabama site reported that the Crimson Tide football team would likely follow its 32 player class last season by signing “close to the full amount again in 2009.” The report did not give a specific number Alabama is targeting, but does give a run down on the current commitments and the Tide’s needs by…

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Monday news & notes (including recruiting)

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By Michael Hicks Tide controls its BCS destiny The first BCS rankings came out Sunday and Alabama is sitting pretty at No.2. All the Crimson Tide must do is keep winning and the Tide will be playing in the BCS championship game January 8th. (You can read how the Tide ranks in the BCS here…

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Bama lands top Georgia WR

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Alabama landed a player the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called “arguably the state’s top prospect at wide receiver,” when Michael Bowman committed Sunday evening. Bowman wanted to play for Georgia, but got tired of waiting on a scholarship offer. Bowman has not yet met academic qualifications, but expects that he will. Bowman said he is choosing Alabama…

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Tide lands mega commitment

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I’ve decided that I’m going to rewrite Cicero who famously said the sinews of war are limitless money—in the revised version, the sinews of a football team are five-star recruits. Going into war without the resources to win it would be folly. It is not a perfect rewrite, but you’ve got to have talent to…

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ESPN deal good for recruiting

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Sure the ESPN deal means big money for the SEC member schools; however, the really important news is the increased exposure for the schools. None other than the recruiting maestro Nick Saban said the reason the SEC has been successful is due to the tremendous exposure through its national television games on CBS and ESPN….

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Recruiting: Profile of Trent Richardson

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The Pensacola News Journal has a long profile and some video of Escambia star recruit Trent Richardson. Richardson is a highly desired back with a verbal commitment to Alabama, but holds offers from just about every major program. Comparison to Emmitt Escambia High coach Jimmy Nichols has a unique perspective to evaluate Richardson’s abilities against…

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Auburn fans exhale

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The stiff breeze from the southeast isn’t that hurricane swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. No, that stiff breeze was the collective exhalation of the Auburn nation. They finally landed a recruit that Nick Saban offered a scholarship. I know. Hard to believe. Is it the start of a trend? Advertisement: Story continues below Probably…

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Tide recruits soaring on Rivals

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Alabama commitments Trent Richardson and AJ McCarron moved up on Rivals.com list of the Top 100 players. Richardson is now a five-star recruit and ranked #11 in the nation. Rivals explained the move: Richardson, who has committed to Alabama, was very light on his feet at “Friday Night Lights” in Gainesville, Fla. He had a…

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Rivals: Tide lands lucky 13

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Clarksdale, Mississippi offensive lineman Anthony Steen committed, according to Rival’s Bamaonline.com. Steen is a three-star lineman weighing 297 lbs., and coming in at 6’4″. He was being recruited by FSU, Miami, and Southern Miss. He was drawing heavy interest from the Hurricanes. Steen is a member of the ESPN 150 Watch List, Crimson Confidential reported….

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D-lineman Anthony Orr commits

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Alabama landed another defensive line verbal Tuesday as Sparkman’s three-star Anthony Orr pledged to sign with the Tide, according to multiple media reports. Orr is reportedly 6’5″ 260-pounds, and picked the Tide over Auburn, Clemson, Miss State, South Carolina and Tennessee. He is listed as a three-star by Rivals and Scout. Alabama has also notched…

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T’News: Alabama’s Most Wanted

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Just how big is recruiting? You’ve got more and more websites and mainstream media outlets talking about it—year round. The Tuscaloosa News has provided some great video and print content. Here is some of the video on the state’s most wanted high school players. Breaking down the state’s best CECIL HURT: With recruiting, there’s no…

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The Numbers Game

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Rivals.com examines Ivan Matchett’s qualification for enrollment, and how it impacts the scholarship numbers for UA. Matchett brings the total Alabama players signed in the last class and enrolled in summer programs to 25. As you probably know that is the limit for new scholarship players. However, as we’ve warned for months, we expect one…

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Tide hunting linebackers

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Tide looking to recruiting for help at linebacker Alabama landed a good crop of players in the 2008 class, and is poised to haul in another impressive group in 2009. Of special concern will be linebacker, where the Tide needs help. Andrew Bone covers the top Alabama targets at that position. Nico Johnson, Scout.com five-star…

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Richardson ‘strongly’ committed

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Scuttlebutt last week had standout Trent Richardson’s commitment to Alabama being weak. But Richardson told Bama Online that he is strongly committed to the Tide despite the fact he will take visits to other schools. Advertisement: Story continues below Richardson pointed to his close relationship with Alabama commitment AJ McCarron, and Alabama players Julio Jones…

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