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LB Petey Smith leaving ‘Bama for JUCO ranks

Petey Smith

For the third – and possibly fourth – time this offseason, Alabama is watching as a player has left the football program in search of a better shot at receiving playing time.

The latest player to take his leave of the program is Petey Smith, who the Birmingham News has confirmed is transferring from the Tide to Holmes (Miss.) Community College.

The linebacker participated in spring practice, but shortly thereafter spoke to head coach Nick Saban about his future with the program.  After apparently seeing the writing on the depth chart, Smith chose the transfer option as the next step in his football career.

“Basically, I just felt that I wasn’t giving it my all,” Smith told the News. “I’m not going to say I wasn’t happy. I didn’t feel like I had an opportunity to show what I could do with reps and everything. Instead of waiting, I thought I’d just go somewhere else. …

“I just thought it wasn’t the place for me. I didn’t want to wait until my junior or senior year. …I’m just gonna go (to Holmes), play the football season and then I can really choose what school I want to go to through the recruiting process over again.”

Smith went on to tell the paper that he’s talked to schools from schools in the SEC, Big Ten and ACC, although he declined to name any specific schools that have expressed interest.

A member of Alabama’s 2010 recruiting class, Smith was the No. 32 inside linebacker in the country and given a three-star ranking by Rivals.com.  He was a redshirt his true freshman season last year.

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4 Responses to “LB Petey Smith leaving ‘Bama for JUCO ranks”
  1. thompgk says: Jun 6, 2011 10:47 PM

    The only reason he was signed anyway is because Auburn wanted no part and it was a cheap easy way to win a big recruiting battle over them in the press.

    He just wasn’t that good.

  2. brownsfrown says: Jun 6, 2011 10:58 PM

    No doubt this will be the trend of the future, a la Cam Newton:

    Step One: Underperform and/or exhibit major character flaws;

    Step Two: Bailout and join the junior varsity ranks (JUCO) and look like a star; and

    Step Three: Have a destitute preacher (or other irrelevant, shady figure) with no sense of financial management shop you via a third party for money under the table to a relevant NCAA program.

    Result: Heisman Trophy and national championship, plus a lucrative contract with a perennial NFL cellar dweller. (You won’t even have to wear a ballcap like a human being!)

    (Let’s not forget the part where six years or so later your accomplishments are vacated due to incessant scrutiny. But you will have had fun in the process!)

  3. brownsfrown says: Jun 6, 2011 11:03 PM

    PS: Exactly at what age do post-pubescent males drop the “y” from their first names?

    Don’t think I would ever want a neurosurgeon named “Petey” carving out my memories of second grade just to get to a pesky aneurysm!

    Just sayin’…

  4. 78lion says: Jun 7, 2011 7:56 AM

    The countdown to 85 continues

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