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Five-star RB flips commit from Auburn to Alabama

T.J. Yeldon AP

As evidenced by the Brent Calloway brouhaha earlier this year, the Iron Bowl takes place both on the football field as well as the recruiting front.

The latest plot twist on the latter front took place earlier today, with Alabama high school running back T.J. Yeldon announcing he has switched his non-binding verbal commitment from Auburn to Alabama.  Yeldon, who will be an early enrollee next month, announced his verbal flip-flop via a statement:

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point.

“I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January.

“I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”

Yeldon had originally given a verbal commit to Auburn in June.

If the verbal commitment holds, Yeldon would be a huge get for Nick Saban and his Tide coaching staff as  Yeldon is a five-star prospect and rated as the No. 3 RB in the country by  He’s also the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama according to that recruiting service, so it would represent a significant in-state coup for the Tide.

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18 Responses to “Five-star RB flips commit from Auburn to Alabama”
  1. makimaguro says: Dec 18, 2011 5:33 PM

    Guess he finally figured out that they pay much better there.

  2. cowhawkfan says: Dec 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    “I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family”

    Translation: I got a better offer. Dad’s got a new job, Momma got a new car, and I got a boatload of cash. My family is much better off.

  3. chitownjeff says: Dec 18, 2011 6:11 PM

    haters…what happened is auburn is a trainwreck..roof gone..gus jumped ship and oyer’s leaving..and they dont have a decent qb on the roster….

  4. bmwaldrop says: Dec 18, 2011 6:35 PM

    He realized that Chizik is a fraud. He was lucky enough to take over a team with Tuberville’s recruits and landed Newton. Even so, they squeak out a lot of their wins that year. Chizik will be fired in 3 or 4 years.

  5. orthomarine says: Dec 18, 2011 6:54 PM

    N. Shapiro has recently become a Bama booster

  6. patau61 says: Dec 18, 2011 7:50 PM

    Tubervillle’s recruits? Are you kidding me? You obviously have no clue what you’re talking about. His last two years of recruiting were the epitome of a joke. If you’re going to post something, make sure you know what you’re talking about.
    As for the moron who said Auburn is a train wreck because Roof is gone as well as Dyer, it’s extraordinary that you have the means to own a computer. You are obviously an idiot for both statements. One, Roof has nothing to do with it. Secondly, Dyer isn’t going anywhere. But if he were like you stated, that would be a plus for Yeldon. Get your life together and attempt to make sense with your posts.

  7. bmwaldrop says: Dec 18, 2011 8:34 PM

    Uh, yeah Tuberville’s recruited.
    Here’s how Auburn finished in recruiting according to

    2005: 13
    2006: 10
    2007: 7
    2008: 20

    You’re right. Chizik didn’t have any players to work with.

    Be sure to post here in a couple of years when you’re screaming for Chizik to be fired.

  8. BrownsTown says: Dec 18, 2011 8:36 PM

    He probably read about all of Trent Richardson’s freebies on SportsbyBrooks.

  9. orthomarine says: Dec 18, 2011 9:10 PM

    Yeah-I’m sure this had nothing to do with it…I guess auburn is still paying off Cams debt

  10. chitownjeff says: Dec 18, 2011 9:54 PM

    hey patau..its obvious you don’t live in a major city..get out of tje trailer park and realise that your coach has a losing record without cam. No o coord no d coord and three qb’s no one wants…good luck with that!!

  11. patau61 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:17 PM

    According to Rivals? Check your shit kid. Look at the names. No one knows who they are. Don’t throw rankings towards me prior to them playing a down in college football.

  12. Deb says: Dec 18, 2011 11:17 PM

    Oooooh … some mighty jealous boys on this thread!!! 😀

    ROLL TIDE!!!!!

    @BrownsTown …

    Guess he could have committed to Ohio State and gotten a free tattoo 😉

  13. rob57 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:57 PM

    @Deb…Just another disappointing year for Bama haters!

  14. 1historian says: Dec 19, 2011 7:24 AM

    Remember whose birthday it is this week, gang, so could you just kind of tone it down a little?

    You can pick it up again next week

  15. tide4life says: Dec 19, 2011 10:06 AM


  16. schuck259 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:06 AM

    That is a big RB.

  17. imaduffer says: Dec 19, 2011 1:16 PM

    Look what Saint Nick got for all you Bama fans.
    Happy Holidays!!

  18. lilrock9 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:57 PM

    Ha!!!!!!!! auburn will always be Alabama’s little SISTER !!! Fight on! SC!!!!!!

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