Weekend Visitors 2/10/12 - 2/12/12

Submitted by Marlin Jackson… on February 9th, 2012 at 5:30 PM

OL Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill./Manual)

OL Chris Fox (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa)

WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee)

WR Jaron Dukes (Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin)





February 9th, 2012 at 5:33 PM ^

Hope we get at least ONE commit.

We lead for Tillman- though he said he wanted to draw out the process.

We also lead for Dukes, who said he wanted to take a visit before he decided... hopefully we can pull a commit from him.

Things are optimistic, but quiet around Fox, and i'm not sure what to think of him.

Don't expect a commit from Treadwell, but hopefully a visit puts us back on top of his list.


February 9th, 2012 at 5:49 PM ^

Nothing wrong with using y'all. Don't let them bother you. I have some quick questions for you:

Alabama already has 7 commits (all 7) in the Rivals 250, is this going to turn into your best recruiting class ever? Or has Saban just got some of his biggest recruits to commit earlier than normal?

Also, how many spots will he have available this year?

Sorry for asking so much I just am curious as you seem to know quite a bit about Michigan recruiting so I figured you would know a lot more about 'Bama.


February 9th, 2012 at 5:55 PM ^

This has a great chance to be one of out better classes. We're losing a lot on defense, and this class is certainly making up for it. This is how Tricky Nicky recruits, a lot of athletes, a lot of speed, and when they get to campus see what position better suits them. 

As for possible spots in this class, lets be honest, who in the hell knows with Nick Saban? I'm not a fan of oversigning, or gray shirting, but Saban utilizes these things better than anyone. We could open up with only 17 slots available, and next thing you know, 27 are available. Is it right? No. Did the NCAA create this monster, and the monster the SEC has become? Certainly.


February 9th, 2012 at 6:21 PM ^

Medical hardship scholarships are actually the ones I dislike the least, because they do the least harm to the student and they are the easiest to sniff out when they're BS. 

If a kid gets told by Saban that he's getting put on medical hardship, the worst case scenario is that he gets a free education but doesn't get to play football anymore.  Just like any other kid who is told (whether explicitly or implicitly) that seeing the field likely won't happen, he can still transfer. 

A kid proposed with a medical hardship has two options - stay and finish out his degree for free, or transfer to a school where he thinks he has a better shot at playing.  At that point in your college career, you've probably realized that the NFL isn't in your future, so staying and getting the free degree from Alabama is better than a degree from Florida A&M where you might get to see the field for a year.


February 9th, 2012 at 6:41 PM ^

But there's no rule against cutting marginal contributors.  Scholarships are one year promises, so if Saban wanted to cut a kid, he could.  That would be a dick move, because it fucks up the kid's future, especially if he doesn't have the money or the grades to get into a decent school without football.

But at least with a medical hardship Saban tells the kid "Hey look, even if you were on the team, you aren't getting in.  You're free to head elsewhere, but if you want to stay at Alabama, I'll make sure you can finish your degree on the athletic department."

Blue in Yarmouth

February 10th, 2012 at 8:37 AM ^

I am not one of your many detractors on the board who blast you for everything you write or neg you on sight (and I didn't neg you here), but being Canadian I take exception to your post.

Now I can't pretend to speak for all Canadians, but for those of us from Nova Scotia to Ontario don't use the word eh. It may be a western Canada thing (I don't know because I don't spend a lot of time out west) but for those of us in the central/eastern provinces do not use eh. 

In fact, the only ones I have heard use it were the two idiots Bob and Doug McKenzie in their foolish show. NOw that must have been based on something (so I am sure somewhere in Canada people utilize that foolish "eh") but you have to remember...Canda is a big place. Geographically we are larger than the USA and in fact most Canadians don't say eh after every sentence. It would be like someone that was not an American believing everyone in the USA spoke with a southern twang. It just isn't reality.

Marlin Jackson…

February 9th, 2012 at 5:40 PM ^

Yes, Dukes is from Columbus area, but is a life long fan of Blue.  This will be his first ever trip to AA.  However, his coach aparently told him not to commit while on his trip... not that he doesn't like Michigan, but he wants the kid to really digest the trip, and not act on impulse. 

Fox is visiting a few schools in the Midwest, not just AA. 


February 9th, 2012 at 7:04 PM ^


I guess my understanding was that while it isn't okay to cut and paste premium info, that paraphrasing was okay. I re-read the MGoBoard FAQ, which directed me to this: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-premium-information-policy

From Brian:


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Old Country Blue

February 9th, 2012 at 5:57 PM ^

In all seriousness though you have to respect a kid who takes a visit that he absolutely loves and still goes home to digest everything. It shows a maturity that most 18 year olds don't have, those are the kids that want to make the best choice for their future.


February 9th, 2012 at 6:13 PM ^

These kids better be aware that if they do commit, UM is the ONLY campus they'll be visiting as per Hoke rule 1.

Also, I think I read that D. Thomas visited his cousin Dunn at O$U. I wonder how Brady plans to handle situations like that.