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Update 2:38 pm: Howard was in a hurry to get home and didn't want to talk about his visit to Auburn today. A source indicates he had a good time but is not considering flipping from his Bama commit at this time.
4-star TE O.J. Howard from Autauga Academy in Prattville, Ala., and elite 2014 LB Tre' Williams from St. Paul's in Mobile, Ala., both visited Auburn's practice today and are spending some time with the coaching staff right now. Howard is committed to Alabama but has visited Auburn a number of times.
I'll have updates on both this afternoon.
This post was edited by Bryan Matthews 2 years ago
Hellloooooo Mr. Howard
Interesting. I would like to have them both enroll at Auburn University
Hopefully soon AU will be able to break that strangle hold UA has on Prattville.
.... and Mobile!
Bryan - Hasn't Tre Williams been mentioned as the possible top player in the state for 2014?
Now that Thigpen, arguably the top recruiter on the staff, (I'd put him 2nd behind Troop), is taking over Mobile recruiting, I expect auburn to start landing a few down there.
Howard does not play at Prattville. He plays at autauga academy iirc.
Coach Grimes has got to be in the top 3 discussion for sure. And the way Leffy has been bringing in top QB targets he would be in there too but I'll hold out on him until we can see how he closes.
If Howard goes through with signing for Bama, he was never a real Auburn fan. As an Auburn fan growning up, you dont sign with Alabama when Auburn pursues you the way AU is in this situation.
That's a bit harsh. I mean if he really feels like their offense is a better fit for him, I understand he has to do what he thinks is best for him. But IMO, OJ is waiting to see how Loefflers TE's are used throughout the season, and if he likes it, he will be playing for Auburn in the future.
Pull his offer and cut off his tickets until he de-commits. I think all schools need to follow this policy. Only academic visits with parents and closed door coaches chats for players committed elsewhere. These kids tie up way too much assets for more deserving kids.
I also believe all committable offers need to be registered with the SEC office and all athletes seeking financial aid need to be registered with the SEC and NCAA office. No more jerking around by the school and recruit.
It is as crazy as being allowed to vote without registering or having a valid ID. The corruption needs to stop and this is a simple way to hold all accountable.
I disagree and here's why. If a situation like bobby Petrino happens, kids shouldn't have to be stuck with that. While many kids do just look for free visits and fun, many of those kids are also just playing it smart and giving themselves other options in case the coaching staff they committed to falls apart, etc. It's not like college recruiting is the only situation where commitment isn't always forever. Bobby Petrino providing me with many examples here. He committed to his wife, not to ever have relations with another women, yet he decommitted from that. Bottom line, your ideas just wouldnt be fair to the kids.
However, an idea that could work, is an optional early signing period. Where the kids who are fully committed to a school, regardless of who the coaching staff is, could make things official.
of course there are a few exceptions, but players need to commit to the team and or school. Those guy will be there regardless. By your own example a player should not commit just to a coach. I am not saying to stop recruiting a kid, only to cut a kid off from taking advantage.
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