Friday, February 09, 2007  
Let the games begin
Les Miles has officially declared war on Alabama. If you wanna fight, then we can do that. Coach Hat, welcome to hell, my friend. I mean, it's one thing to be pissy, but to be a hypoctite as well? To call out other schools for using negative recruiting when you did it with Joe McKnight regarding USC? I mean, seriously...Don't be bitter. Or if you're going to be, don't be so obvious. Calling out Alabama? That's not something you want to start doing, my friend. You have to come to our house this year. You're not coaching against Mike Shula anymore, buddy.

Anyway, as I said yesterday, on to the recruiting class. I'll go through four kids per day until we've gotten through all of them. Tomorrow, the basketball team is playing in Oxford. I haven't decided if I'm going or not. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Next weekend I will be in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Feb. 18th and Feb. 19th, so if anybody wants to meet up for whatever reason, contact me.

Josh Chapman - 6'1" 280 lbs DT from Hoover, AL

An original Auburn commit, coach Saban was able to persuade him to come to Tuscaloosa to be an important part of our defensive line. He's not quite big enough to play DT in the SEC right now, but give him some time in the weight room and he'll be a hoss. He's got good technique and has oodles of potential. Look for him to possibly be a redshirt this year and then be a huge factor in two years as a sophomore. Click here to see's highlight video.

Patrick Crump - 6'3" 285 lbs OG from Hoover, AL

Another Hoover kid that had offers from Michigan, Louisville, and Purdue among others. He's a big kid that's got a lot of work to do in strength and conditioning. He's not strong enough yet to be a major contributor on the offensive line, but that's fine because we have a lot of kids coming back on OL anyway. This is another possible redshirt.

Luther Davis - 6'4" 254 lbs DT from West Monroe, LA

This kid may end up being my favorite of the whole bunch. He is a talker, but at least he speaks the truth. He doesn't say anything stupid...just speaks the truth. He'll have to learn to control his lips though, because things that he says can easily be taken as bulletin board material. Anyway, he's got to put on some weight if he wants to play Defensive Tackle. He's incredibly strong and pretty quick. He may end up being a defensive end...we'll just have to see what he does in the weight room. He was great in high school and I expect him to be great here. Click here for one of his highlight videos.

Jeremy Elder - 6'3" 270 lbs DE from College Park, GA

Jeremy chose Alabama over offers from Clemson, Georgia, and Arkansas among others. He's a beast on the outside. He's a lot quicker than his 4.9 40 would indicate. Sometimes speed isn't always north and south. He's quick off the snap and can easily get around offensive linemen. Look for him to stay about the same size. He has the potential to be another Mark Anderson, but he may be a bit too big for that.

Everyone is saying that Saban runs a 3-4 defense, but that's only about halfway correct. It's more like a 3-3 with a DE/LB hybrid type of player that can both drop back in coverage, play the run like a linebacker, drop off the line, or blitz with both ears pinned back. I'm still looking to see exactly which of these players will be that guy. I'll have more of the recruiting class tomorrow.

Roll Tide!

Comments: Hey memphistider,
love the recruit rundown, but do you think you could dig up some info on the o-line recruiting class of last year and what their status is? Just curious.
# posted by Blogger jointhead : 11:22 AM   Actually, I think I'll do that next week. Give me a little time to get it done and I'll try and knock it out.
# posted by Blogger Memphis Tider : 11:33 AM   Tuscaloosa is hell, you're right, so when Les & Co. come this year they will be there.

It's one thing to mention a positive statement like "USC is under investigation" or a somewhat steeped in fact "USC will be on probation". The former is a fact, reported numerous times, the latter is an educated guess. Probably incorrect, but it's calling a spade a spade.

It's quite another thing to take credit where credit is not due, offer an opinion (and nothing more) about a coaching staff you know nothing about, and think you're a better coach than you really are.

Saban will guarantee you 8 wins, probably average 9, may win an SEC title this decade, but Bama will turn on him, mark my words. That's if he doesn't bolt for his next "dream job".

What's the better bet on what will happen first? Alabama gets tired of no titles, or Saban chases the money at another job?
# posted by Blogger Mike : 1:51 PM   Post a Comment

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