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I mean just look at him. I can only only speak from what I see in person on the field. He's one of the most mature college football players around, and hes an EE freshman! He takes the ball, scores and gives it up to ref and comes to sideline. Even on the RB bench..just taking in a breather and water, still not basking in his TD glory, pure focus and up to the challenge at hand. Did AU (under Chiz and Troop n Loop) ever even recruit these types of guys? Im sure they did, but did they ever land any of them? Maybe TJY seriously thought about them and committed and all, but I dont believe it. I cant believe that a kid this visually mature wasat one point that dumb to commit to them. I think it was planned all along. Imma Zig, then u gonna see me Zag. He was Bama all the way, the rest is history...well, present and future first.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
It's not like their whole roster is 100% thug.
It's not? My bad then. I was way off. Lee County parole board must've had to stop construction on their office space expansion project off campus. (G)
From his point of view, he could go to an instate school a year after they won a championship, start for three years, be the best player on the team by far, be the face of the team, and then move on to the NFL. Luckily I think he realized that sitting behind Lacy for a year and then starting for two or three in our offense is the best for his future. But if you remove the Crimson Glasses for a second I think you can see how going to the barn wouldn't have been a horrible decision for him. He was going to be a beast no matter where he went.
If I'm not mistaken we recruited him initially as a safety, that definitely could have had something to do with it. They had also just had a 5-star RB win offensive mvp of the BCSNCG. But then, their 5 star RB started to disappear, our 5 star RB became a Heisman cadidate, and we stared recruiting him as a RB.
Nevermind, I just read where Daphne's coach said it was just a rumor we were recruiting him for defense. On a side note, TJ and Dee Liner committed to au the same week.
This post was edited by jpo909 15 months ago
This is a stupid post. Not everyone that is committed to Auburn is a terrible human, and not everyone committed to BAMA is a quality human. This insinuation is just ridiculous
I dont think they OP is questioning whether it was a good opportunity.If all you're looking at is depth charts and immediate playing time, going to au will almost always be a better opportunity at au than at Bama as long as Saban is here. The barn was/is awarding recruits starting positions before they ever signed. Bama doesn't. But his humility and apparent maturity dont seem to jive with the culture we all know was at au under chiznik. Players arrests, guns, an entire culture of discipline problems, high attrition rate, dirty recruiting, and an idiot towel waving thug coach. I agree with the OP that TJs personality never fit with the barn's culture. The way he carries himself is more Bama than barn.
OP I like you as a poster so ill even you out with a +1 and say he really was. What you SHOULD be disbelieving is that Saban wanted to put this kid at safety! From early reports TJY always preferred Alabama BUT he preferred playing running back more than that and when it was clear auburn wanted him and RB and us at safety he did what he had to do and committed to a place he was ok with that would let him play the position he wanted to play.
You'll never achieve great things until you believe that's what's supposed to happen
Do u know what (G)means?
I obviously was taken seriously in this post. So not my direction. Sorry there was any confusion. Not intended. I thought I G'd the first. +1 back at ya for clarification.
This post was edited by HeHateMe 15 months ago
Here is a question....If Yeldon goes to the Barn is Chiz still the coach?.....RTR
I seem to remember early on there was some talk of TJ being better suited for safety. I think this is what the au guys used mostly to gain his commit. Then he has a spectacular Senior year and he shows us what a great runner he can be. Case closed. Welcome to Bama TJ.
it's an interesting question. it seems like you have a lot of late flips from one school to the other lately. hard to believe it's all coincidental. just goes to show how crazy this state is.
Theres a thought. I miss Chiz..
Im a super honest fella, and I posted on here after the MICH game that I wasnt afraid in saying I was wrong about seeing TJ at RB so early. Even though I saw A Day, I still wasnt convinced we would see him so early in the season at RB. What a great freshman campaign he had! Hes a gem alright. And hes still learning the position at the college level, which is scary! RTR
i don;t care ! I'm so glad he's here !!!
Here's a question. Which true frosh WR/RB combo did you enjoy the most?
I have to go with Coop/TJ. Ingram had a great freshman season but TJ's was amazing. From the LSU game winner to the 3rd down run in the SECC. Cooper also had a slightly better frosh season than Julio and I can't believe I'm saying that.
Watching Julio physically dominate upperclassmen in the SEC was fun and watching he and Ingram in the 2008 season, when we first realized how good our program was going to be under Saban, was special. Still, I have never seen two true freshman as good as Coop and TJ play for Alabama.
TJ had a fair amount of Auburn influence in his life. His father, to my knowledge still, works for the Corte family who are die hard Auburn fans. They own a significant amount of land in Baldwin Co. with very succesful businesses. Trooper Taylor played a major role in his recruitment as well...not saying they used the Saved & Laid bit like we've heard with other recruits, but TT definately plays up the "I'm your boy, I'm your friend" crap that can be hard to see through at times for young impressionable 17 yr olds. TJ was a superstar from the 1st time I saw him play in Jr High, I mean he was basically the offense at Daphne. Auburn basically said "you'll be the feature of our offense" like he was used to from his days in Youth Ball, while at Bama he knew there were other playmakers and depth at RB.
Ryan Anderson stayed in his ear, as did another man from Daphne who has connections to Pat White and others from this area, also with some NFL ties, is very humble God Fearing man. I believe this man also sat down with the Yeldon's and encouraged them to look through some of the fluff at AU and outlined how Bama is producing more NFL ready talent and that there are benefits of not being physically abused (sharing carries) at the college level before ever reaching the NFL.
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