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Stunning shocker rocks recruiting world

(Too much?)

While the ink is barely dry on the 2010 Letter of Intents, the battle for 2011 recruits has already commenced in earnest.

And, apparently, we already have a shocker of a verbal commitment.

According to the Mobile Press-Register, highly-rated junior high schooler Spencer Region — who David Sills affectionately refers to as “the slacker” — has unexpectedly switched his non-binding commitment from Alabama to Auburn.

(We’ll allow the shock to subside before we continue.)

(OK, everybody good?  Good.  Let’s continue.)

Based on all of the reports we’ve been reading, the offensive lineman was a mortal lock for the Tide.  He grew up a ‘Bama man, a ‘Bama fan, and it looked to be a foregone conclusion that his announcement today would consist of a whole helluva lot of Roll Tide’s and the like.

Ah, but the young man threw the exploiters the recruiting experts a major curve ball.  And, apparently, to the 100 or so people who went to a sporting goods store to watch his live announcement.

Kudos to the approximately four people who half-heartedly clapped after the de-commitment.

For those who enjoy other people’s awkward moments, here’s the video:

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  1. Deb says: Feb 6, 2010 9:41 PM

    Too much? Weelll, yeah, kind of. But then again, I jumped right on it!
    Now, as to this decommitment … what a jerk! Who wants him? The minute “War Eagle” came out of his mouth, I thought, “You can go straight to … blue blazes and good riddance.” Don’t want him. Hope he doesn’t change his mind because I’ll never want him. Never. Ever. EVER. Hope we beat Auburn every year he’s there. Hope he’s healthy and plays every down so some future gigantic Bama defensive lineman like Mt. Cody can knock him on his big decommitting backside and stomp right over him on his way to the quarterback. Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.
    Stomp.
    Hope we win another National Championship while he’s there so he can spend the rest of his days thinking about what he missed. Hope his friends who are Bama fans keep reminding him what a fool he was until he’s an old, old, old man. Hope his kids are all Bama fans and are forever embarrassed that he played for … them.
    Other than that, I wish him all the best.
    Roll Tide!!!!

  2. Snuff Smith says: Feb 6, 2010 9:45 PM

    Okay?

  3. skinny pigeon says: Feb 7, 2010 12:32 AM

    Before the kid graduates, Saban will be gone to the job he’s always dreamed of having…..

  4. 100/24/7 says: Feb 7, 2010 7:00 AM

    Deb you sure don’t get it do ya…

  5. xacvol says: Feb 7, 2010 8:28 AM

    @skinny
    lol, exactly!

  6. Gatorfan1 says: Feb 7, 2010 12:08 PM

    Guys:
    She gets it, AFTERALL, she is a famous author / writer and all around genius.
    Just ask her, she CAN’T wait to tell you!!!! LOL…

  7. rolltide says: Feb 7, 2010 2:35 PM

    I thought people had mostly gotten bored with the “LOL $aban will leave for the first open job!!11!!!!one!!!!”meme.
    As for Spencer Region, After Keenan Allen, Alabama only accepts “commitments”. No more baby sitting kids who are only half way through their junior years and already plan on taking visits to other schools, but want to go ahead and have a slot reserved for them in case they don’t find anything better. Not that I blame the kid, he wouldn’t start at Alabama until his redshirt junior year under the best possible circumstances, our current starters at guard aren’t out of their teens yet.

  8. Deb says: Feb 7, 2010 3:38 PM

    Oh dear, oh dear … I forgot that John’s the only one at CFT who has a sense of humor. I thought the absolute over-the-top lunacy of my post would hint that it was a joke. But since so many people posting here really are over-the-top lunatics, well, how silly of me.
    The lady in the background wearing the Bama jacket … would be the kid’s mom. His repeated references to Auburn showing him that they care about him … would be because Bama told him not to commit. Alabama is overloaded with potential recruits that are more talented. As rolltide pointed out, this kid wouldn’t get a chance to start until his junior year–if then. His prospects are better with Auburn, and I really do wish him all the best. It must be terribly disappointing to grow up a Bama fan and discover you’re not good enough to make the team. I hope he uses the disappointment to build a good career for himself at Auburn. Though I hate the Tigers as a school rival, it’s a good university and some of my closest friends have gone there.

  9. Deb says: Feb 7, 2010 4:06 PM

    @Gatorfan1 …
    I never said I was a famous author/writer, never said I was a genius, never said I’d been stationed in the Middle East, never said any of the things you’ve gone all over these boards accusing me of saying for months. When you said you were a cancer survivor, I said I was as well, and you went ballistic and called me a liar. When a rape survivor was being harassed by a woman who was linking abortion to cancer statistics, I said I’d been hired to write books for a medical research organization and was familiar with that data which she was misrepresenting and using as a scare tactic. In both cases, I was trying to help someone, which is something you couldn’t possibly grasp. God knows you weren’t worth it.
    You have taken those TWO instances, blown them out of proportion and used them as an excuse to STALK me all over a football board, harassing me for no reason. Yes, I’m a writer. TampaLawyer, I assume, is a lawyer, but you don’t seem to have a problem with him putting that in his user name. Why my occupation bothers you, I can’t imagine. John is a writer. Many people make their living as writers and many writers wind up working in the world’s hot spots and there are many hot spots in the world besides the Middle East. Many people in the world have cancer. Why you find this all sooooo unbelievable is a mystery. But that is your problem. Please stop trying to make your problems mine.

  10. Gatorfan1 says: Feb 7, 2010 4:27 PM

    The whole subject of coaches leaving is ridiculous.
    Who Cares!!!
    In this day and age everyone jumps from job to job for many different reasons, why should it be any different for coaches.
    Life goes on after they leave. The only time I’ve had a problem with a coach leaving is how Kiffin left.
    It may have not been a violation (we’ll see what the NCAA says) what Kiffin & Orgeron did on their way out the door but no doubt it is an unwritten rule you do not recruit players on the way out like they did.
    One it shows how unethical Kiffin & Orgeron truly are and two it shows exactly how they really felt about the University of Tennessee and it’s fans. It was just a means till the end for them. And they will treat USC the same way when they decide to get back to the NFL.

  11. Gatorfan1 says: Feb 7, 2010 8:42 PM

    Gee Deb, I’m just trying to be witty & sarcastic like you. After all your the best at it.
    Wow and I thought you, of all people, would appreciate that!!!

  12. Deb says: Feb 7, 2010 11:42 PM

    Yes, Gatorfan1, I do appreciate sarcastic wit, intelligent argument, and interesting men that love football and enjoy meeting women who understand the sport.
    But I could never be impressed by spoiled little boys who fall over themselves laughing at their own juvenile jokes, who throw tantrums when they can’t counter an argument, and who get irrational on discovering they’re not the only ones who’ve ever had a bad day. I’m not impressed by boys that ignore men who’ve been sarcastic or mentioned their occupations while targeting women for abuse. For one, it means they’re cowards. And it means they suffer from some sort of dysfunction they need to take out on any bright female who crosses their path.
    So while I guess I could be flattered by your endless obsessive attention, I’m just not into little boys who laugh at their own jokes, throw tantrums, howl at the moon, and cower from men but harass women.
    But I’m sure someone out there would appreciate a prize like you … perhaps a psychology major?

  13. Gatorfan1 says: Feb 8, 2010 8:18 AM

    Ha Ha Ha! Deb, that’s great! I love how you combine satirical wit with an anecdote style of writing to make your points and put people down!!!
    I can’t wait each & every day to come on this blog and read your responses. It’s just hilarious stuff to read, response AFTER response, no matter how people try to make you look foolish, you use that dismissive whimsical style of yours to put them down. No one can hang with you!!
    Just funny, funny stuff!!! Lol…
    Only someone as highly educated as you (my guess, BIG 10 Education) and has had such an incredible myriad of life experiences to draw from could post such humorous, descriptive & pointed put downs. Just great stuff!!!
    I know your way to modest to admit this, but it’s very obvious you teach writing class at your local college.
    Keep this stuff coming!!!

  14. Deb says: Feb 8, 2010 1:32 PM

    @Gatorfan1 …
    What on earth are you drinking? Will it cure the flu?
    Big 12 education.

  15. blueridge624 says: Feb 8, 2010 2:23 PM

    Alabama fans make me laugh. The top OL in the state for 2011 verbally commits to Auburn and the Rolltide Rednecks do a spit take before recovering their wit enough to dismiss the kid as not being good enough to play for UA. This happens every time they lose a recruit to Auburn. Auburn never loses a recruit to Alabama.Wonder why? Its because the ghost of George Wallace carrying a baseball bat still haunts the Tuscaloosa campus. Its because the school in Tuscaloosa is cursed. Kudos for Spencer Region waking up in time to avoid any taint from his adolescent infatuation with the dark side.

  16. Deb says: Feb 8, 2010 4:27 PM

    @blueridge624 …
    Oh my, you have been hitting the Appalachian shine, haven’t you? So Tuscaloosa is cursed? After 13 championships, I’ll bet a lot of schools wish for similar curses. Best spend some more time in history class, honey. Segregation was statewide, so Auburn wasn’t exactly a bastion of racial harmony during those days. Neither was the Blue Ridge. But didn’t you hear? Wallace reformed before he died. Things change. Our Heisman winner, Mark Ingram, is an African-American Yankee. Spencer Region is a big ol’ white Southern boy. Somehow I don’t think the specter of George Wallace scared him away.
    So you really believe that with his family standing off to the side wearing Bama jackets and the team he’s loved since childhood coming off a National Championship that he suddenly realized Auburn offered more for his future? Uh-huh.
    Sometimes it’s better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to post and remove any doubt.

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