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STOP! I have posted before what I was told by Coach Chris Yeager. He is one of the finest men I have ever known and his character is without spot. I also trust his opinion on prospects more than any other HS coach in this state. Two days after the AL-MS game he told me that all the negative talk about RF was just not true. He said that RF is a wonderful kid and the type of player every coach wants. If you know or have spoken with CCY then you know what he thinks is the most important part about a kid. Its not his playing ability that stands out but the type of kid he is that coaches want in a player. He said that he does everything asked of him with great enthusiasm and that he is a yes sir no sir kid.
He got caught up in Troopers crap and made a mistake. Did any of us seek our fathers approval? If you didnt have a father at home did you seek a coaches approval? If you aren't use to someone telling you the truth when all others are lying to you it can become confusing. Our coaches have been bluntly honest with him and the most encouraging thing in all of this to me, as it relates to RF's character, is he chose the tougher of the three roads he could have walked down. Says alot about him in my opinion. All who doubt him will eat their words and I am not talking on field ability. RTR
wonderful post. I guarantee you RF is a good kid at heart as well.
1960 Les Paul
RF hasn't done anything that can't be undone with our fanbase. The ball is in his court now.
I think most of the posters on here get it, that he's not a bad kid from what has been reported.
However, for those who don't have a direct firsthand knowledge, you gotta admit it's tough for the following reasons. One, he fell in love with Trooper. Two, his recruitment has been a circus complete with giant AU tattoo.
I'm taking yours and other posters who know him word for it. Not worried anymore. I would have rooted for him either way, because I don't want to see a waste of God-given talent, ala Tray Blackmon. If he keeps his head on straight and works hard, no doubt he will be a great football player.
Like I stated in another thread, it was mostly transference. We all know what we think of trooper and when a kid responds to that kind of person and tactic its near impossible for us not to let that transfer to the recruit.
Only thing I accused him off was naivety and goofing off. And as we've seen lately there are lots more dangerous people out there taking aim at our players. That's the only situation im worried about. But I worry about that with alot of our players so..
"We're modern-day gladiators, and that mental toughness is really important to have in a good team." Nick Saban
Or a tat removal guy.
He (Foster)made me a believer last night when he kissed the Alabama Helmet before going off the air.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. -Mark Twain
You could tell he really loves Bama, his voice almost broke when saying it. He is a kid who got caught up with the wrong "crowd" (that crowd being Trooper). I suspect that happened to many of us at one point or another.
He will excel at Bama. With our structure and culture, he will be a lock for the first round. RF made the right choice and he will be great here. Win-win.
This post was edited by SymmeTrey 17 months ago
It was pretty apparent to me during the show last night that he has never maliciously done anything to upset fans of any school. He seemed to struggle with his announcement because he did not want to upset anyone by not picking them. I think he just wants to please everyone. I have only followed recruiting for 5 years but I have learned from following Foster to not judge a recruit as a person based on what I read on the internet. Last night was really the first time I have heard him speak and I have changed my opinion on him completely now. I can see why Saban and Smart stuck with him.
This post was edited by threepeat 17 months ago
3 and out in my opinion. That kid will excel at UA. Perfect fit.
It seems to me that he is very easily led and misled. auburn was like a nightmare scenario for him. It's been said that he needs Alabama a whole lot more than Alabama needs him; that's true of just about every recruit in the country right now, but I don't think it's truer for any of them than RH.
Hope he sticks with the business decision.
I feel the same way. He seems like an awesome kid who loves his daughter over everything. He almost choked me up when he talked about being a Bama fan since he was a "pup". He needed a father figure and Trooper provided that. He mentioned the "smoke and mirrors" last night. He finally saw through some of that. For those saying you can judge his character by his getting caught up with Troop. As adults, we still get taken in by people who are not what we think they are. A good salesman can make you believe anything!
And some Wrecking Balm :)
I know nothing about this, but TT would seem like more of a brother figure and coach Saban more of a father.
I think his comments just show the kind of mind games TT played--albeit successfully--with excellent young men. I was actually surprised how humble he was on the TV. I suspect Coach Saban saw that side too. We have been inundated with so much negativity about Reuben over the last few months. After watching him last night, I'm more convinced than ever that his reading the TJ statement was not his creation and he probably thought it was the right thing to do. TT was a snake oil salesman. I hope he stays out of college sports. Even for those kids who go somewhere other than Bama, I cannot believe that he has their best interests at heart. Anyway, congrats to Reuben. I look forward to watching you over the next few years. And, IMHO, you did the right thing for your family.
Bottom line is Saban would not have continued to pursue him if he thought there were character issues. I have never spoken about the recruitment of Foster really and with good reason...these are 18 year old kids who are being sold the best sports cars in the world by the best car salesmen in the business. It is easy to get confused and be led astray.
AU tat or not....I'm glad he will be in Crimson. May that tattoo be a daily inspiration for him in the weight room and on the practice field. Roll Tide Reuben.
Hey, it happened to CyKo for a brief time, too...and he's ALL 'Bama. RF will be just fine!
is this kid gonna look awesome in that all white uniform hopefully #2 that number jus fits him as a linebacker idk why but it does,of course he will look great in crimson too,im jus partial to the all white and crimson helmets rtr.
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