Alabama Football

Long an Auburn commit, Dee Liner signs with Tide


Monday night, five-star linebacker Reuben Foster, a one-time Auburn verbal commitment, announced that he would sign with Alabama.

Two days later, it’s lather, rinse and repeat for another highly-touted former AU commit.

Four-star defensive lineman Dee Liner confirmed growing speculation over the past couple of weeks, announcing Wednesday afternoon that he will be signing with Alabama.  Liner had long been an AU verbal, committing to the Tigers in June of 2011 and sticking to that pledge through a three-win season that led to a coaching change.

In mid-January, however, the Muscle Shoals (Ala.) lineman publicly announced that he had decommitted from Auburn.  While he would only state that he was reopening his recruitment and did not decommit with a particular team in mind, it has long been thought he would stay in-state with the Tide.

Liner is the No. 7 defensive tackle according to and the No. 61 player at any position.  His addition also helped push the Tide back ahead of Ohio State in Rivals‘ team rankings.

Don’t shed too many tears for Auburn, however, as the Tigers are putting together a very strong class, particularly along the defensive line.  AU currently holds down the No. 9 spot in the country after coming into the day tied with Ole Miss for No. 11.

As for Foster, there was some concern/snark that he might flip back to Auburn on signing day.  That turned out not to be the case as the linebacker did indeed sign and fax his National Letter of Intent to Alabama, officially making him the third five-star member of the two-time defending BCS champion’s 2013 class.

And, in a nod to his new head coach, Foster displayed a flash of style as he put pen to paper:

Reuben Foster

No, that’s not a tanned, bulked-up Nick Saban.  Yes, and thanks to the Opelika-Auburn News, that’s Foster honoring Saban with the coach’s trademark hat/vest combo.

Well played, Reuben.  Well played.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
Associated Press

Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
Associated Press

One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”