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Barners have been bragging to me about how much HS coaches love GusBus and how he's going to take over and dominate recruiting once he's had a full year in the cycle.
I had an interesting discussion yesterday and got some inside info from a HS coach of someone they "recruited". I won't share the kid's name, but I'll say that he's a 4* who just decommitted from them 2 days ago. You can probably put two and two together.
This kid is a legitimately good recruit who had been sold on AU and wanted to attend there. After their new staff arrived, NOBODY from AU reached out to this player. Not one phone call, email, text. Nothing. His family was pissed at AU, needless to say.
I asked the coach "were you surprised he decommitted?" The reply was "I was shocked it didn't happen a long time ago. They treated him like crap."
Now, the player will probably end up playing for another SEC school down the road. If they're treating 4* athletes like this, imagine what they're doing to "average" prospects and their families/coaches.
More of the same down on the farm. They have literally no clue how to relate to kids without appealing to them through cheating.
They got a JUCO rb. WHy do they need a HS one?
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Ha. You're joking, but that's probably their mentality. Good luck ever recruiting this school again, though.
They're a bunch of yokels. This story only reinforced the fact that things won't change there, which is good for us. Same "keep it down home cuz" mentality. Just Auburn being Auburn.
The truth about Auburn's recruiting will likely be somewhere in the middle. It is hard to fathom that Gus and his staff will be kings of recruiting overnight, and I doubt a level-headed Auburn fan thinks that. The truth of the 4* could be that Gus and his staff will try to assemble their team the way they want to see play. It could be that the 4* didn't fit the scheme. From what I have heard about the Gus/Gene relationship, I would imagine Gus wants fast players on offense, and endurance players on defense. Gus is going to try to run the speed offense, no doubt, and he will do it to the detriment of his defense. Auburn recruiting will do well nationally as Auburn is still a major football program. The truth about Auburn is that they are not as high as most Auburn fans see them, but they are not as bargain basement as many Alabama fans see them. They have won a BCSNC in the last 5 years (I know...with Cam Newton, but it takes more than one player to win it all). Only one other team can say that and their name not be Alabama.
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Not trying to defend them at all because there are better ways to handle it, but this is one tactic new coaches use to void commitments from the previous staff without getting their hands dirty. Check out the comments about what Tubs has done at Cincinnati.
Do believe there are more upfront ways to do it, and it could hurt the staff long term. But for the kids sake, it is better that he find the right fit now rather than wasting a year or two being marginalized by the staff and then looking for a new school..
I remember an interview with GusBus a few years back and they asked him why he never recruited when he was the OC for the Barn. He said that he hated recruiting and was not any good at it and thats why he doesnt go out on the road to talk to recruits.
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I agree it's better to cut kids who don't fit into your plans before they make the mistake of signing and getting on campus, but it's just a very low-brow way to do it.
One thing you always hear from recruits re: Saban is that he lays out the plan in front of them - how they fit into the system, what they need to do to be a part of the program, and to some degree giving them all the variables that could affect their recruitment and whether we have room for them. "If X happens then this is how it affects our numbers and this is how you fit in."
In this specific instance, seems like it would be much more professional to call a kid your first week on the job and say "we appreciate your commitment and interest in the school, but here's the direction we're going. You are no longer in our plans. We'll do whatever we can to help you find other options." Rather than acting like some awkward jilted adolescent who's too nervous to pick up the phone.
Ultimately, I just think it's very uncool to completely leave someone hanging and make them wonder if they still have a spot, and I can tell you with absolute certainty it pisses HS coaches off when their kids get hung out to dry.
This post was edited by NashTide 15 months ago
Some people have no clue how to properly run a program. The Barn is living proof of this. Gus is just another in a long line of whipping boys!
Honestly, they've been hoping this kid decommits for a few weeks. Plus Auburn has a good shot at flipping Taurean Folston according to all of the chatter around his HS. Also, I hope Elijah Daniel going to Ole Miss works out for the kid because he's very talented, but needs to learn to keep his nose clean. Hugh Freeze kind of took a gamble that Dabo Swinney and Will Muschamp weren't willing to.
Hold on a minute NashTide..Are you saying there needs to be a plan? Shhhhh- not too loud. We'll be accused of cheating
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