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another problem is we get too caught up in the whole Star rating system. Who determines how good a kid in HIGH SCHOOL is going to be at the college level...yes there is some difference between a 1*/2* and a 4*/5*..but a lot can change when a kid gets to the big time. I have seen 4*/5* kids never see the field and 2*/3* kids become NFL prospects. If you have someone at 3* and that's who you offered, your job as a COACH is to COACH them up. If all you can do it take kids who are supposedly already basically ready and put them on the field you aren't a COACH...you are a manager. that's it. So, Auburn has COACHES...Bama has managers. We care about what our kids are going to do after football. Not just during. yes we like to have top talent, yes we want to win..but they also care to see the ones who won't ever play in the NFL succeed as well.
If the class was full, I don't care if it was with 3 star players, then YES I would turn them away.
However, NEXT YEAR I would expect the coaches to leave a little room for those players that might wait till the last minute to sign with Auburn (i.e. Just like they did this year).
saban would rather keep those 3* players on the line eventhough he had a good idea that he was gonna get other higher rated players at signing day in order to make sure that no one else gets them(i.e. The Bear). Also just in case that the higher rated player doesn't sign.
There is a big difference in what bama is SAYING and what bama is DOING.
nick knew what he was doing the whole time. nick knows how to count to 25. To blame all this on the SEC is ridiculous. I don't remember anyone else having this same problem. Its nick's fault for accepting those commitments knowing he could and would push them out later. Those kids did what he asked and then he burned them. They had not even seen another University because nick asked them not too. They complied and got hosed for it. How is that ok? Are you saying that its ok because they got better rated players instead? DO you really think its ok to lie to a recruit? Why did nick recruit Philon away from Auburn to begin with? Why did he turn Justin Taylor away? Funny that it happened soon after Yeldon enrolled at alabama. You know, when nick was assured that he had a better player. Some things you don't resort too in the name of winning. Apparently nick never took ethics in college....
The better question here is would it be ok if one of those players lost his mind and walked into the alabama athletic dept, kicked open nick's office door, and commenced to beating nick saban uncontrollably. Hospitalizing him for several weeks. Would that be ok? Afterall nick did pull the rug out from under the kids dream at the last minute.
I would let him off for temporary insanity if I was on the jury. But hey thats just me.....
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