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Want to do a Q and A feature this week to focus on some of the inside stuff that goes on with following kids on the recruiting trail. A lot of you have asked questions in the past about interactions with kids, things that happened behind the scenes, etc., and I wanted to give you a chance to ask those questions again for this feature rather than the typical Q's regarding 2013 recruiting which is a bit slow now.
I started with Tim in January 2007 as Saban was hurriedly putting together his first recruiting class if that gives you some perspective on how far back I can go with this (although I will get Tim to answer some pre-2007).
One of my favorite memories is being at Brandon Moore's PC on Signing Day, and just before I had talked with Eddie Lacey's HS coach who told me he was signing with Tennessee. While the Carver band is playing in the auditorium, the coach calls back to tell me over the sounds of bass drums that Eddie changed his mind and signed with Alabama. It took Tim several minutes to a) hear me over the noise and b) to believe me. (g).
Anything you guys want to ask is fine and I will pick some to answer for a feature Friday.
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Was there one recruit that made you feel like the program was on its way to where it is today? In the sense that it made you say "I can't believe the staff pulled that off".
Do you have any particular recruit that was your favorite to cover as far as personality is concerned? Thanks
"Character" is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
I'm curious about the condition of recruiting as it pertains to the staffs of SEC teams. 10 or 12 years ago when I had some friends that were beat writers, it was described as "poisonous". Do these guys cut each others throats, or have things become more civil?
How do you guys walk the line between trying to get information and bothering certain recruits? Also, I've heard stories about opposing coaches messing with each other, normally in a friendly way, on the road when they recruit kids. Do writers for opposing schools mess with each other (i.e. pranks or worse)?
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I've asked this before, but how much of a sell is there with respect to our graduation rates, the academics programs, the player development process as a whole vs the X's and O's ?
What have been the different ways this has been received by the recruit? Parents? And is the way it is received have bearing on offers or how aggressive a recruit is pursued?
What are the red flags that prevent a recruit from receiving an offer ? Being evaluated for an offer ?
What type of activities would constitute pulling an offer ?
Does the Saban define Committment to recruits ?
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
Awesome. I recall asking for the inside scoop many times on certain kids after NSD but now don't recall who they were about in particular.
But could you give us some insight or good stories about the big recruiting wars and decommits or close calls we have had in the past? If you want to present it in general without listing names that would be fine. Names I am thinking of would be: Brent Calloway, Ruben Foster, Massey (kid that went to OM that I thought we had), Cyrus K, Kennan Allen, Greg Reid, etc.
Basically give us the juice stuff, even if it means leaving off names.
I'd love to know if you guys knew about the Reuben Foster flip and, if so, for how long. TIA.
Do you get a feel early in a kids recruitment if he is probably not going to be a fit at UA?
What recruit has surprised you the most as far as being succesful
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