It’s Recruiting…Get Over It
Last night news broke that in-state star recruit TJ Yeldon, who had been committed to Auburn since June, flipped his commitment to Alabama, and barring anything crazy will be enrolling there in January.
It obviously came as a shock to fans for many reasons, let’s leave conspiracies out of this for now. Firstly, losing a recruit to Alabama never feels good, it feels like a slap in the face and I certainly felt that slap. Secondly, it was a shock because of the comments he made just last week, when asked if his commitment was solid to Auburn, he replied as many expected him to have done and confirmed his commitment and enrolment in January at Auburn University.
Those comments will obviously leave a bad taste in your mouth when you fast forward to today, and even though this happened, the sky (still) isn’t falling and The Plains won’t be burning anytime soon, no matter what your Bama friends(?) may tell you. The point is, every big team loses big recruits every year, it happens. Wouldn’t you rather at least be considered for these hyped recruits rather than not being in it at all? (I’m looking at you Tommy Tuberville).
You were 17 years old once weren’t you? I’m 18 now, and I can vouch for these kids that they go off of what they want to hear. If you get treated like a king, and treated with a high priority by coaching staff’s, you yourself then make that school a priority and in the end you likely sign with them. Some recruits are different, but it is what it is.
With Yeldon gone, that leaves Jovon Robinson as the lone back in this class. This might be the third straight class that we finish with one runningback signed (Dyer in ’10, Mason in ’11), but I still expect us to maybe scoop up someone between now and signing day (even though the dead period is now in place). I don’t doubt Robinson’s skills at all, I thought before the Yeldon switch that he is our most underrated recruit, he has the size and athleticism to make it at Auburn, if you want to check out his High School highlights click here, you’ll like what you see.
Whats left of the current recruiting class is still pretty solid, we have a lot of talent still left to fight for and I have no doubt that we will spring a surprise or two when signing day arrives.
Yes it does seem fishy…yes the timing was harsh…but nut up, this is big boy recruiting.Follow @rosscollings