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I did not follow recruiting much until the David Paine saga, before then I just enjoyed the winning in the shadow of the Bear and the rebirth during Stallings.
The buzz on this legend drew me in to the sickness. Played with Morehead and
DE, 6'6, 267, 4.7, 305 BP
HS senior season 145 tackles and 42 QB sacks. He dined in the backfield though was raw as a rush end,.
USA Today All American
I believe he was a commit to Alabama over Tennessee them then coming off a NC.
In my mind this kid was casualty of a darker time if not a bit of an unsung hero but I won't go there as I don't really know what all happened. Thestory goes He was offered a car and $25K to fabricate a story about improper recruitment and sink the UA football program.
The NCAA interviewed Paine about his recruitment and he said repeatedly that Alabama used no improper tactics during his recruitment.
I dont think the kid ever played a down of college football after that and may have played semi-pro ball for a time.for the Memphis Blast.
Yeah, I remember the House of Paine. I really began following recruiting heavily the year before. Paine was supposed to be the next big thing, but couldn't get his grades in order. I also remember the newspaper article coming out some time later where Paine said the UT boosters had offered him benefits for lying about his recruitment to Bama. I always wondered how well he could have done at Bama. If I remember right, he went to Juco after HS but still couldn't get his grades in order.
He was half the player Dennis Void was.
Haha...but Dennis Void didn't have sh*t on Tarry Givens.
What about Forrest Davis' magazine? That guy was hilarious. I remember when he had his son, a back up QB at Hoover, listed as a 3* recruit. His comments underneath his son's profile was "huge arm, can make all the throws"...lmao. Thank god recruiting coverage has progressed tremendously.
The whole Memphis thing was unbelievable... Bama was dirty but, IMO, there was far more damage done by the Fulmer SS, willing to pay people large amounts of money to lie, or even fabricate anything anti-Bama... and the NCAA was eating it all up.
David Paine, a kid barely out of high school with an uncertain future, said no to their $25K and reported it. The anti-Bama sentiment was so strong at the time that his story was pretty much dismissed, since it did not serve their purposes.
This is probably the only time in my 40+ years of being a Bama fan that "cheating" isn't something the program is constantly accused of. The winning part ain't bad either.
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Remember, remember the 5th of November...
I don't recall David becoming the superstar he was touted to become.
2nd Team DL - North American Football Awards
Tarry Givens lol. Talk about a bust.
A bit more for those who remember this HS phenom:
2003 a excerpt from a scouting report I chased down:
David Paine, now 22, is in Memphis where he will make himself available for the 2003 NFL draft. He's now 6'6 1/2, 285-pounds and can run the forty in the 4.6 area, as well as post a vertical of 37 1/2". His physical talents are something truly remarkable and the things that he has had to overcome have made him a better, more mature person. He has had to fight an uphill battle his entire life and not once did Paine complain about his situation or try to blame someone else. He has taken responsibility for his actions and he has survived through it all.
Although he is not taking the easy road to achieve his goal of playing in the NFL, he is still very positive and optimistic that everything will workout and he will get his chance. The major concern is whether or not he can handle the mental side of the NFL and from talking with David in the past and today, I believe he can if he can surround himself with people who care for him. He will train for the next few months in preparation for his post-season workouts and expects to participate at the University of Memphis when the Tigers hold their pro day workouts. I anticipate a lot of feedback from NFL personnel in regards to this piece and I will assure you that there are some teams who know who he is to this day. Be advised that in a few short months, you too will know the name David Paine.
In the absence of the Memphis Blast’s Owner/Coach Charles Thompson, 6’7”, 340 lb Blast OL/DL David Paine, a onetime University of Alabama football signee, took over the normal duties of the team owner/GM while also playing very capably on the field. Paine did a highly capable job of “putting on the game”. Coach Thompson, you’re in our prayers.
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