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Double flip: Brent Calloway switches commit back to ‘Bama

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In the end, it was much ado about nothing.  Well, except for the whole “embarrassing vitriol spewed by people who really need to get a life” stuff.

Brent Calloway, who created an in-state stir by flipping his commitment from Alabama to Auburn, is back to where he was when this whole recruiting process first started — a member of the Tide’s 2011 recruiting class.

According to multiple reports, the Russellville (Ala.) running back/linebacker has faxed his Letter of Intent to Alabama and will be a member of the Crimson Tide this season.  Calloway had been a verbal commitment to Alabama for well over a year before switching his allegiance to Auburn last month.

The move will certainly make one person close to Calloway very pleased as the athlete’s adoptive father publicly criticized his son for reneging on his original commitment.  We’ll also guess that the very same people who were posting vitriol on Calloway’s Facebook page will now be singing the player’s praise.

Such, though, is the warped nature of the recruiting game.

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9 Responses to “Double flip: Brent Calloway switches commit back to ‘Bama”
  1. southernpatriots says: Feb 2, 2011 12:08 PM

    John: we are sorry to say this is funny, but oh so sad as well. The Bama sport talk radio was filled with venom as were some of the blogs. You are quite correct: “Such, though, is the warped nature of the recruiting game.”

  2. dryzzt23 says: Feb 2, 2011 12:19 PM

    STOP with the SEC updates already damn

  3. lucky5927 says: Feb 2, 2011 12:29 PM

    As an Auburn fan, I am sad to see him go back to the Tide. They are obviously a great program, but I felt like the pressure was too much on this kid. He decided to switch to Auburn, and I personally feel he crumbled under the pressure and expectations around him and made a switch at the last second. I wish this young man the very best at Alabama.

  4. lucky5927 says: Feb 2, 2011 12:30 PM

    PS – Dryzzt23, if you don’t want to read the story, don’t click on it. Seems like a very straight forward process to me.

  5. lucky5927 says: Feb 2, 2011 12:33 PM

    Auburn receives a huge commit in the form of 6-7, 325lb Cyrus Kouandjio! I hope he is good enough to start from day 1! We haven’t had a 5 star offensive tackle in a while.

  6. dryzzt23 says: Feb 2, 2011 12:37 PM

    I am actually an Auburn grad, but after arguing for a few years with Auburn fans about the Alabama-Auburn rivalry vs the OSU- Michigan rivalry, plus all the “the SEC loves college football more than anyone else blablah blah”, I really learned to hate the SEC.
    I told them that the OSU-Michigan rivalry is a national game whereas Alabama v. Auburn is more of a regional contest that no one really cares about.

    Just FYI, foot ball born in Canton, OHIO……not in the south

  7. lucky5927 says: Feb 2, 2011 1:55 PM

    Well Dryzzt23, You are both right and wrong. You are right that OSU-Michigan is a rivalry deserving of a national stage. Even though Michigan is down. But you are wrong about the Iron Bowl. It is also a game deserving of the national exposure it receives as well. In fact, the game was shown nationally this past November. I am sorry to hear you hate the SEC, but their are a lot of people who love it. Being a guy who grew up on the East Coast, went to college in Wisconsin, and lived in Alabama after that, I can say I have been in the thick of things in regards to the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, and the SEC. And no one is more passionate about their college football then fans in the south (Big 12 South fans included). Probably one of the many reasons you hate the SEC. Football may have started in the north, but its been ruled in the south as of late. And so it does deserve your respect. Please let us enjoy our SEC signing updates in peace.

  8. dg0122 says: Feb 2, 2011 6:37 PM

    I hate when I lose an Ebay auction on a last-second bid

  9. Deb says: Feb 2, 2011 7:34 PM

    I’d missed the earlier linked story, but wasn’t surprised by what happened to Calloway or the sad stories in the comments. Either personally or through family members, I’ve experienced being on the wrong side of my fanbase with both my college and pro teams … and it’s a scary, discouraging place to be. As with politics, some sports fans act like rabid wolves with anyone who disagrees with them.

    As for Calloway … Like I posted on the original story, it would be good if kids learned young to keep their word. Until they actually sign something, it’s foolish to get caught up in the verbal declarations of teenagers who are being pulled in 20 different directions.

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