Alabama coach Nick Saban seems to have a personal vendetta against Tennessee, which hired away Lance Thompson, his ace recruiter. Saban is reportedly telling prospects not to visit UT.
“(Saban) said he preferred I didn’t go to Tennessee for obvious reasons,” quarterback A.J. McCarron told BamaOnline.com. “He said he didn’t think it would look right and that he wasn’t comfortable with it. I told him I wouldn’t.
“He knows I’m going to Alabama, and he even told me if I want to visit Oklahoma, that’s fine because they aren’t an SEC rival.”
Another Alabama prospect, Pensacola, Fla., tailback Trent Richardson, will also not make the trip to Knoxville that he had been contemplating, although it appears it was as much about distance from home as it was about pleasing Saban.
It will be interesting to see how much influence Saban has over linebacker Tana Patrick from Stevenson, Ala., who is scheduled to visit UT next weekend.
A day after telling the News Sentinel he wasn’t taking any more official visits, UT tailback commitment David Oku reportedly visited Syracuse, according to Rivals.
The connection is clear: Oku was recruited by former UT running backs coach Stan Drayton, who joined the Orange last week.