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Before going deeper into this situation, I would like to postulate three recruiting axioms:
1. When a coach leaves a program, it is accepted practice to leave committed prospects alone because it would be bad faith to go after them.
2. When you spend upwards to a year or more telling a recruit that College X is the absolute perfect place for him and why, then it would be disingenuous and hypocritical to turn around and try to sell him on another program.
3. When you develop recruiting relationships on someone else’s dime and payroll, it would be unethical to spin those committed relationships to another program, especially last minute. I equate this to taking the company’s customer list and “selling” it to you next employer.
Let us dial the clock back a year. Coach Doug Nussmeier takes the Offensive Coordinator job at Alabama. His top recruit is a kid by the name of Cyler Miles, the number 2 rated dual threat quarterback in the nation. Miles and Nuss have forged a close relationship that goes back a year. Cyler Miles, who is from Colorado and has no regional ties to Washington, would love to follow Coach Nussmeir to Alabama. It would be a perfect fit for Alabama to replace Jameis Winston, who has reaffirmed his commitment to FSU. Not so fast, my friend. In following the three recruiting axioms above, Coach Nuss is adamant that Miles keep his commitment to Washington. He essentially begged him to stay at UW. Coach Saban would have no part of any unofficial visits by Miles to UA. I fully respect how Nuss and CNS handled this situation. In the end, Miles stays at Washington.
Let us now turn the clock back to the present. Jeremy Pruitt announces his intention to take the FSU Coordinator position. Offers are also extended to other UA assistants. Last minute, long committed UA recruit DeMarcus Walker starts talking about UF (subterfuge and smokescreen???). Then he never visits. Then there is the last second commitment to FSU on the cusp of the BCSNCG, a school the kid refers to as the University of Florida State (clearly this is a well thought out decision with no outside influences if he doesn’t even know the name of the school).
Where does Pruitt stand in all this? Was he whispering in Walker’s ear to go to FSU? Was he calming down the situation with Walker and begging him to honor his commitment to The University of Alabama (I don’t think so or see any evidence)? Where was Jimbo Fisher in all this? Certainly, he should have been telling the kid to stay at UA and that he couldn’t take him (we know that didn’t happen).
Staff, there is an important story here and the following questions need to be answered:
What role did Pruitt play in Walker’s commitment to FSU?
Did Pruitt do anything to help UA in calming the concerns he knew Walker would have with him leaving? Did he try to convince Walker to stay at UA while he was on their payroll?
On what terms does Pruitt leave Coach Saban and the UA program?
This post was edited by MABama 18 months ago
You know, there is a chance that this was the kids decision. He wanted to go to Bama. Found out that his recruiter was taking a job at a school that is 6-7 hours closer to his home, went for a visit and made his decision. It's not unheard of.
This post was edited by delrod03 18 months ago
To me and I hate to presume but it's fairly obvious that it had been in the works and was held back until the last possible moment because Pruitt had to show up and work everyday with the UA coaches. Now he doesn't and poof it's public the very same day. The FSU mods at least claimed to have known about it for sometime now, my guess is they are telling the truth.
Yea I mean it's not the end of the world but I KNOW (through a close personal friend) that Kirby is pissed about it and yea I think it's a little dirty. If he was going to start working for FSU, he should have done so earlier in full. He wanted and agreed to coach the National Championship game with Saban's blessing and to use even some of that time to recruit a committed players and keep it under the wraps is bad form. It's not that big of a deal but people will not forget that easily.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by manbearpig7 18 months ago
Chances are even if he didn't stay & coach in the game. He still recruits the kid to FSU imo.
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All of those questions are valid, but I'm not sure that we'll ever find out the answers. I think we have to take Walker at his word at this point. For now I'm just going to accept that he wanted to play close enough to home that his mom could watch him play.
college football is a cut throat what have you done for me lately world. It is what it is.
I may be naive, but I'm giving Pruitt the benefit of the doubt. From what I know he's been a lifelong Bama guy, and player, and unless something concrete suggests otherwise, I'm not buying it.
Oh I think no doubt that's right.
The kid has said it was because of his momma, he wanted to stay closer to home!
This situation should've played out like the nuss and cyler miles situation. Demarcus has known for a long time how far away Tuscaloosa is. Pretty obvious what happened here. Even if Pruitt wasnt actively recruiting him to fsu which I don't believe, him or jimbo should've had the decency to tell the kid he wasn't going to follow Pruitt.
His mom is the one who decked the whole house out in bama apparell. Open your eyes.
If you believe that...I don't know what to tell you.
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