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you can't blame richt cuz this kid is a thug. you could blame him for not keeping him on a short enough leash.
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Ok, I've got to say something regarding IC and our recruitment of him a couple of years ago. I was so glad that he didn't sign with us based on what I had seen from him on film and in person at a playoff game. I remember that many thought he would sign with us on signing day and thought we led for him throughout his recruitment. I was relieved when he chose UGA and pulled out that puppy at his ceremony. He never seemed to have the intangibles that Saban supposedly looks for in a player.
I specifically remember watching IC play a few times on ESPN and when Carver Columbus played Calhoun in the state semi's, and he acted and played like a punk. Up here in the Calhoun game, he was flagged for a personal foul because of he was arguing with other players and seemed to throw a punch at one and probably would have been ejected if it weren't for his status as a key recruit and it being a key playoff game. I thought then and there any other player would have been kicked out of that game. He was even noticeably arguing with his coaches on the sidelines because Calhoun's D was shutting him down. He was a very undisciplined player and person, and apparently still is.
I never saw what Saban saw in him, especially now after reading how much our staff values character, discipline, etc. when recruiting kids. I instantly thought of recent posts from Helena and DM that specifically talked about our staff's approach to recruiting--kids that "have to win/have to be great" and stuff like that. I guess my question is this--how much does a player's potential and performance outweigh the other things like character and discipline? Does this only apply to certain players that we recruit? You can't tell me this kid only started acting this way when he got to Athens. I do, however, think that had he come to Bama he either would have straightened up real fast under Saban's program or he would have never played (see the whole DC situation). I know our team isn't full of saints and angels, but I really thought we didn't have as much of these types of problems because we didn't recruit the kids that would cause those types of problems. Anyone have any insight to our recruitment of IC and whether or not our staff considered his lack of discipline and character? I thought this was the same reason we parted ways with recent recruits, like the DB from the Miami area and a couple others lately.
I know kids have problems, and I'm glad we have a staff that has a process to help them become better people and rise above these types of problems. I just don't understand how it can be said that we don't recruit kids like that when we clearly did with IC, and seemed to want him particularly badly at the time. Any thoughts or insight?
Very unfortunate for a talented young man, hope he straightens up.
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