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Just remember this kid's story next time around. He burned his bridges with us at the behest of little Nick and his minions. Now they burn him. Something every high school kid in the state needs to realize.
As for the coach from Vigor. Obviously he doesn't care that his player was burned. If I was playing for him there would not be much trust going his way.
From the article cited we have the following....The "bama" spin machine at high gear:
"The SEC limited the number of folks they can sign, so they got put in a bind," Stevenson said of the Crimson Tide. "Everybody knew it. Everybody was just trying to wait and see where it was going to spill out. I think the guys that can stay and use their time a little bit more was the direction they decided to go. The guys that got hurt that need more time to rehab."
Alabama asked another commitment who suffered an injury this year, Atlanta-area running back Justin Taylor, to accept a grayshirt. Taylor signed instead with Kentucky on Wednesday.
Stevenson said Philon, who took no other visits after committing in September and has not been to Arkansas, felt Wednesday morning like "he had the world snatched from up under him."
"I'm pretty sure he's wondering, 'Why me?'" Stevenson said of Philon, who was No. 119 on the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120. "On a number of occasions, (Alabama) stated how much they don't want to lose him. They got put in a bind. I can see where it could happen, especially with this being the first year of the SEC putting in a stipulation like this."
So we see that the 'evil' SEC with its 25 signing limit is to blame for poor Alabama not being able to honor its heart-felt desire to fullfil the dream of one stud athlete from Vigor. Oh yes, God forbid that the all-powerful "bama" should have to use a medical hardship to offer this young man a chance to at least earn a degree from its illustrious university. Note that young Mr. Philon was just one of three such athletes that were asked to consider greyshirts in lieu of going elsewhere (but NO schollies).
On the other hand, we have an actual, documented, verifiable situation within Auburn that proves the general perception that Auburn cares more about the person/student than the athlete/football player. From NSD Feb 2, 2011 we have Gene Chizik's presser where he was asked and answered:
On Shon Coleman...
"We are going to wait. Medically, we have great people that are paying a lot of close attention to that. We are just going to let time go by and just kind of see how he progresses. There's no rush for anything. He's doing great, he looks great. He's doing well in school and that's our main concern right now. Our main concern is that he is healthy as a human being, and then whatever happens football-wise, that's all icing on the cake, if and when that happens."
Is Coleman on scholarship?
Does Coleman count on this class?
"There is a medical issue in there with how we are handling that because technically he's a medical hardship right now."
So where there is a will...there may have been a way to salvage this young man's dream (Philon) to go to Alabama while still protecting them (Alabama) against the signing limit...if they even cared to investigate (highly doubtful that they would care since they were always looking to improve their re-loading).
It truly is 'Great to be an Auburn Tiger'...War Eagle!
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That Vigor coach kept defending bama saying "they got put in a bind".That happened because they kept recruiting with the intention to cut him off if they found someone better and they did!I just hope it starts catching up to them ,especially in the Atlanta and Mobile areas.
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