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I have heard a few recruiting stories over the years but my favorite one was Coach Dye recruiting Brent Fullwood. As I recall, Coach Dye was going to Fullwood's school on another visit back in the day, and he felt good about our chances, but he was being hotly recruited by everybody, so we were concerned. When CPD walked in the door, Brent shouted out to his friends," look, there is my college coach" The rest is history.
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Nothing to do with Auburn but this is one of my all time favorites...
Kevin Hart, by Spencer Hall
Kevin Hart was the first football prospect from Fernley, Nev., to ever receive a D-1 football scholarship offer. He offered it to himself in a high school gym filled with his peers, choosing a Cal hat over an Oregon cap and thanking the students, staff and most importantly his family. There were cameras and microphones and a victory walk waving to the crowd. There's footage and everything.
Kevin Hart did not thank himself, and he should have. Without Kevin Hart, there would have been no scholarship offers to Kevin Hart. He received no offers from any D-1 school, not even from local favorites Nevada. Cal didn't offer him, something they verified after seeing Kevin Hart's name pop up on Signing Day commit lists. Oregon did not offer, either, something they were happy to clarify once the press began to investigate the unheralded O-line prospect. It unraveled, he apologized, and it faded into the Internet's long history of Signing Day oddity.
That's almost not fair to Hart, who for his grand lie did have at least one perfect day of football glory. There were cheers, and a moment of triumph, and for a second he got to be precisely what he wanted to be: a hometown hero on his way to better things. He's got his knees, and his brain intact, and the memory of that day. He's also not a football player, but he probably didn't want that anyway. He wanted a moment at the microphone, and got it with flashbulbs and icing and applause. Well done, Kevin. I can't even complain about you wasting our time, because in the end this was totally worth the story. Entertainment always is.
"I've seen some coaches lose with good players. I haven't seen anybody win without them." Rhett Lashlee
What a grand way to enter a life of politics. He'll likely be a Senator based on that production.
"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."... Rev. 3:16
Thought the same thing the when I first heard about this....
Heard this from a team mate. When coach Dye went to go see Duke Donaldson play in Caro, Ga. Another player caught his eye and he offered Trey Gainus, Duke's scholarship on the spot. After the game coach Dye went to Duke's house. He pulled up and saw a light buy the outhouse in the backyard. Dye was in the front yard looking through the cracks in the walls. Dye then gave Duke a scholarship. I heard that from another player harassing Duke. Duke did not argue the facts except to say he earned his scholarship. Which he did.
Dye did the same for Ace, I don't know how he grew up, but i know he did not go home for holidays. He came to Aurburn with speed and no talent. Played one year of 8 man ball in HS. He looked like a child learning to catch when he arrived. Worked his butt off and became an AA. You can't coach speed.
Dye had just got to Auburn and went to see Bo's spring game. Bo was the fullback blocking for two tailbacks that were faster. Bo was blocking the DE and hit him so hard it mocked down the LB and corner like dominos. Dye was in the stands. The guy next to Dye said he jumped up and walked down to the field and offered Bo. I have heard he was not highly recruited at the time and he stuck to his word when his recruitment picked up. I heard Fullwood telling how when they showed up for practice as feshman Tailbacks ranked in order. Allen Evans, Brent Fullwood, i think Smoky Hodge. Tim Jessie and then Bo. I remember Bo was 5th.
Dye could spot talent and had compassion.
Jim Thompson was a being recruited by Ray Perkins. After one of his games, Perkins took Jim and another player for a ride in a Limo. When Perkins left. Everyone in the Limo said Perkins was a jerk.
Like most other AUC members, I was a serious big time recruit in high school until I tore my ACL.
Not me. I was one of those players that had to make up for my lack of size with my lack of speed.
Let there be no doubt, I am indeed a proud Pop!! War Eagle!!
Recruiting's a lowdown, dirty game
By Terry Bowden, Yahoo! Sports
February 5, 2007
Wednesday is National Signing Day. As the day approaches, I am reminded of how vicious recruiting can get in these final days before an athlete has to decide where he wants to go to school. I often am asked if I miss coaching and would ever like to get back into the game. And to be quite honest with you, it's getting harder and harder to find reasons why I'm not back in already.
Regardless, there is one aspect of the job that never gets old and quite often gets out of hand – and that is recruiting. Invariably it seems that every year in the final days before signing day, after all the nice things have been said, it quite often comes down to negative recruiting.
You know what I'm talking about. After a year of courting a high school recruit, a coach has said about every nice thing he can say about his school, and with a week or so left there's nothing left to do but rip the opposition. "You don't want to go to State, the girls are ugly. You don't want to go to Tech, the guys are all in jail. You don't want to go to the University, they don't drive nice enough cars." You know the drift.
So for the first time in print, here's a true story of one of the best (or should I say worst) examples of negative recruiting I ever experienced.
It was 1994, after my second year at Auburn. We had just completed a two-year run, going 20-1-1. Although we were finishing up probation from the prior coaching staff and had not been able to go to a bowl or compete for the national championship, the fact that we started my tenure at Auburn with 20 straight victories was getting us into the homes of some of the best players in the country.
It was the last week of recruiting, and the No. 1 defensive player in the state of Florida was named Martavius Houston. He was a defensive back from Boyd Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, and he had the choice of going to any school in the country. However, by this final week he had narrowed his decision down to two schools. He was either going to go to Auburn and play for me or he was going to go to Florida State and play for my ol' man, Bobby Bowden (I'm sure you've heard of him).
Per NCAA rules, the head coach is allowed only one official home visit. I strategically looked at the calendar for the best chance for me to go into his home and hopefully close the deal. I decided to have my home visit from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. He had a basketball game Friday night, which would keep him busy, and he had no more official school visits left for the final weekend. I made up my mind that Thursday night was do-or-die time with this recruit.
I booked the flight to Fort Lauderdale and rented a nice Lincoln Town Car in order to impress him when I drove up. As I met him and his mother on the front porch, I immediately hugged his mom and told her how much I loved her and turned to Martavius and said, "Son, you're going to win a Heisman Trophy at Auburn University."
I followed them into the house and proceeded to sing his praises – nonstop – for an hour and a half. I said, "Son, you are the No. 1 recruit on my list, the best player I've ever seen, I'm going to make you my star, I'm going to make you my captain, and you're going to win two Heisman trophies at Auburn. Only Archie Griffin at Ohio State has ever done that." The more I talked, the bigger his eyes got, and the more he started leaning off the front of that chair. As most coaches will tell you, when you get a "leaner" you need to seal the deal right then and there. I wanted to stick my cell phone in his face and say, "you call that Bobby Bowden right now and tell him you don't want to go to FSU, that you want to be an Auburn Tiger."
However, high school coaches do a great job of prepping these young men by telling them not to get pressured into making a decision in front of the head coach but instead to wait until they can be alone with their family and loved ones so they can make a rational decision. So although he didn't verbally commit right there, I believed I had done the best selling job ever – I knew I had him.
As we walked back out onto the front porch, before I said goodbye, I turned to his mom one last time, hugged her neck and reminded her how much I loved her. Then, with all the sincerity I could muster, I looked that young man directly in the eyes and said, "I have never told anybody this before, but you're gonna win three Heisman trophies at Auburn. You'd win four, but you're gonna be in the NFL by then."
As I turned to leave, a long black, stretch limousine pulled up in front of the house. A little, short driver with one of those driver's caps and half-jackets on got out, walked all the way around the back of the limousine and opened the back door next to the curb.
Out stepped my ol' man.
He had scheduled his official visit for 7:30 p.m. on the same night.
As he waddled up that sidewalk wearing that silly-looking safari hat and those red/yellow/green sunglasses that he always wears, my eyes got as big as saucers and my jaw dropped.
My ol' man stepped up on the porch, said hello to that mama, shook Martavius' hand, turned to me, patted me on the head (in front of both of them) and said, "Terry, when you get home, your mama wants you to call her."
That's all he said!
You talk about dirty recruiting – it doesn't get any dirtier. Nobody has ever been "who's your daddy-ed" worse than that.
I mean, who do you want to play for – BOBBY – or terry?
I'm sure every coach out there has his war stories to tell. I just thought you'd like to hear mine.
Incidentally, Martavius Houston had a great career at Auburn University.
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Teddy Roosevelt
Thanks for that story croupdog. It was classic.
"A CHAMPION NEVER TAKES SHORTCUTS HE ALWAYS PAYS THE COST TO BE THE BOSS"
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