Hooker: UT slow to pick up steam with spring commitments

Dave Hooker

Perhaps I jinxed the Tennessee Vols.

I said well over a month ago that UT would pick up a handful of commitments during spring practice. They picked up one.

Later, I thought to myself that UT surely would pick up a few commitments during the spring evaluation period. Hasn't happened yet, but there are three weeks to go.

The slow start doesn't mean it's time to sound the Big Orange alarm. I've seen UT start slow in recruiting then close extremely strong and land one of the best classes in the country. In fact, that seemed to be the most common method of operations under former coach Phillip Fulmer.

Remember, the Vols don't have that in-state recruiting base to build up a strong early foundation.

However, it's clearly time to get some momentum started - and there appears to be an opportunity to do so.

I'm continually amazed with how far recruiting has moved up in the calendar. Prospects now take several visits in the spring, some more than they will this fall.

Subsequently, more prospects are committing during the spring.

Texas already has 20 commitments. Looks like Mack Brown can enjoy some golf this summer.

Alabama (11) leads the way in the SEC, followed by LSU (10) and Georgia (seven). Auburn and Mississippi State have a solid foundation with five.

Surprisingly, Florida only has four despite its in-state talent base. While the Gators' 2010 class seemed to benefit from Urban Meyer's health drama, future prospects seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach.

Kentucky and Arkansas each have four commitments. South Carolina has one. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss are looking for that first pledge.

Just how strong a commitment is in April depends on the prospect.

UT is clearly not giving up on Jabriel Washington, the Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson athlete, who committed to Alabama. UT recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph was at Washington's school last week.

It's not likely the Vols will give up on such an in-state talent anytime soon.

Out-of-state commitments are another story. The Vols once led for tight end Jeff Heuerman from Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla. Then, he suddenly committed to Ohio State.

As for now, there doesn't seem to be any wiggle room in his commitment.

"I'm shutting it down for good," Heuerman said via text message this week. "I'm fully committed."

UT is a bit hamstrung for the second consecutive year. As per a recent NCAA rules change, coach Derek Dooley can't hit the road recruiting.

Instead, he spent last week moving into his new house.

I'm sure his family appreciated the time with dear ol' dad, but face time with a new coach would have really benefited the Vols after so much turnover in the program during the past 18 months.

Without Dooley, the Vols have focused on in-state recruiting and the region. Memphis has been a big target, as has Georgia and Alabama.

Clearly, the visits have been made and the contacts have been established.

Now, the Vols and their fan base await a commitment, and perhaps more importantly some recruiting momentum to carry UT into the summer.

Fans don't want to imagine going through the spring evaluation period without a commitment - so I'll just keep my predictions to myself.

Dave Hooker covers recruiting. He can be reached at hookerd@knoxnews.com.

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Down_The_Field writes:

"Perhaps I jinxed the Tennessee Vols."

perhaps you think too much of yourself, hooker.

maybe the staff should step up the pace since there's 9 months to national signing day.

volsn1 writes:

They have got to get their act together recruiting. They definitely have coordination issues.

DaddyVol writes:

Burn fast.
Burn Bright.
Burn Out.

It takes time to form a relationship with those kids who are about TEAM...Not me, my, I.

I WILL GIVE MY ALL FOR TENNESSEE TODAY.

Slow and steady we go.

Keep up the geat work coaches. Most of us support you.

BankerVol writes:

Hooker you are an IDIOT. The Vols are fine and will be in great shape on NSD.

We can only hope you won't be around by then...but there is one thing for certain. Wherever you are, you will still be and IDIOT.

kman29 writes:

I have to agree this is a pretty ridiculous article. I mean really, is hearing a kid gave a verbal commitment in April really going to mean much of anything? Im sure the Vols in the end will get their share of recruits. As for his comment about Florida, "they are taking a wait and see approach". Hooker do some homework and research on this. If you do you will see that UF never has that many comitments this time of year. Typically they do not really start coming until after UFs Friday Night Lights camp in the summer time. So UF having "only 4 verbals" right now, is nothing out of the norm.

vols2#227315 writes:

Looks like it will be a long time before UT gets a real coach who can recuit.Hamilton needs to be fired. You never give a unproven coach a 6 year contract to start out with. Four year contract and then earn the more each year

Cherokee writes:

Hooker had to get a (not so) subtle dig in at Dooley with his implication that Dooley was not where he needed to be (with the players) while he was spending time with his family. Hooker got his nose popped with a newspaper a few weeks ago and won't get over it and just do his job straight up. He's going to get his little digs in where he can.

FWBVol writes:

Dave Hooker brings out a couple of great points here. UT is behind in recruiting because we are on our third staff in about 18 months. Jim Chaney and Lance Thompson are the only holdovers that were on staff with Kiffin and there are no coaches here from the Fulmer regime.

Even with the coaching change at Kentucky there is a sense of familiarity with the Wildcat coaches as Joke Phillips moved up from coach in waiting to head coach and the staff has pretty much remained in tact.

The rule that restricts head coaches from visiting high schools during the spring evaluation period also hurts in that CDD can't get out and make contact with high school coaches and potential recruits.

From what I understand, some states no longer allow high schools to have spring football practice. Those states with spring drills start at different times.

I live here and Florida where today was the first day high schools could hold spring drills. Many schools won't start practice until Monday.

This UT coaching staff started behind the eight ball through no fault of their own. A lot of the kids committing have had relationships with the current staffs of those schools for two or three years.

We might be late picking up commitments and they might not come until the fall when kids get a look at what kind of offense and defense CDD is actually going to use.

The sky is not falling. Tennessee is still Tennessee. A slow start doesn't mean we can't have a strong finish. And it is still almost nine months until signing day.

Go BIG ORANGE!!!

dvhill100 writes:

Hook,

If you really have the power to jinx a recruiting class, coordinate with the Witch Doctor and lay the Ju-Ju on our rivals. I am sure a collection for services rendered could be arranged.

txvolsfan writes:

This article Sucks!!!

RoadTrip writes:

Hook couldn't stand having more than a couple of legitimate articles in a row. So out comes this junk to get him back on track for this year's worst sportswriter award.

Talk about yelling "fire" when there's no smoke.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to SECFB:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Maybe you need to stay put on the Alabubba site

SEAL_9821 writes:

Recruiting great talent is hard thing to do when your program has been average at best with 3 coach's in 3yrs. I'm not concerned at all about Dooley being able to recruit. Some of you need to look at his past under Saban. Dooley can recruit with the best of them...enough said about that. However, players will not come running to UT like they used to do to the lack of progress on the field the last few yrs.

Pullingguard writes:

Be negative on the article if you wish, however, it outlines the concern in recruiting. Just look at the background of the recruiting coordinator.
It seems this staff has not committed itself to the recruiting process. Don't give the stock answer about last years class. That class was made mostly, with possibly one exception, of those who had entered class early. Recruting at Tennessee demands full committments from all, especially the head coach and a go-getter in the coordinator position. At this point it seems the Vols have lot of work to do on the recruting front.

thevoice writes:

I have to agree with Hooker. Recruiting (and most of anything else in the world) is all about relativity and perception. If our primary rivals all have numerous commits now, what does that mean for us? Sure, we'll get recruits. There's never been a year we haven't. But so will every NCAA football program. The bigger question is "will we get the top tier recruits or have they already verbally committed to another program?" I understand verbal commits aren't worth less than a rat's behind, but you got to HAVE some verbals to begin with to allow for the spring decommits.

thevoice writes:

in response to thevoice:

I have to agree with Hooker. Recruiting (and most of anything else in the world) is all about relativity and perception. If our primary rivals all have numerous commits now, what does that mean for us? Sure, we'll get recruits. There's never been a year we haven't. But so will every NCAA football program. The bigger question is "will we get the top tier recruits or have they already verbally committed to another program?" I understand verbal commits aren't worth less than a rat's behind, but you got to HAVE some verbals to begin with to allow for the spring decommits.

Meant "...ARE worth less than rat's behind."

smokeyvol1 writes:

in response to vols2#227315:

Looks like it will be a long time before UT gets a real coach who can recuit.Hamilton needs to be fired. You never give a unproven coach a 6 year contract to start out with. Four year contract and then earn the more each year

What school are you the AD of? What was CPF's record when he took over at UT?

transplantiam writes:

Just have to wait and see this year. I want to start feeling a bit wary, with the other upper-tier SEC teams already having as many as they have but as someone already alluded to, those recruits might have been talking to these schools coaches for the last couple of years. We have to give CDD a chance to get it together. I think we'll do ok this year, but if continues next year, then it's time to be suspect of the methods. I'm just like everyone else, I want to win and pull in the best every year, it's just that this year and possibly the next two yrs. would be hard, even if we had a "name" coach like Saban or Meyer. I'm gonna try to hold my tongue and be quiet for now. The "one whose name not be mentioned" really left us bare, with attrition and what he ran off, quit, lied to, etc.
GO VOLS!!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

I'm not worried. It's May 1st of 2010. These are 2011 recruits.

'Nuff said.

DaddyVol writes:

in response to vols2#227315:

Looks like it will be a long time before UT gets a real coach who can recuit.Hamilton needs to be fired. You never give a unproven coach a 6 year contract to start out with. Four year contract and then earn the more each year

Unless he is Bruce Pearl.

VolAlum2003 (Inactive) writes:

I know I'll get criticized, but I don't care. Hooker is just pointing out the obvious and he should know better with fans who are all too ready to shoot the messenger.

I don't blame Derek Dooley for the problems UT faces, but I'm also not going to stick my head in the ground and act like there aren't problems and that if I just have faith in Dooley then everything will be all right. Does worrying about the situation at UT help? No...but then neither does believing that we are on the doorstep of a national championship run.

I agree with the poster that Dooley should have had to EARN a six year contract. We expect each new player to earn their starting spots on the team each season, no matter how good they were in high school...why shouldn't we expect the same of our coaching staff?

thevoice writes:

in response to smokeyvol1:

What school are you the AD of? What was CPF's record when he took over at UT?

About 5-0 or 5-1 the best I recall.

nola_vol writes:

Think about it... most of us writing on this thread have been committed to Tennessee for 10, 20, 40 years now--and look at the "wait-and-see" attitude WE have!

Bruce Pearl inherited a mature team, committed to each other, physically and mentally capable of implementing (and winning with) his style of basketball very soon after he arrived. He also had that game-changing player (Loften) who could single-handedly pull out a win from a loss.

It'll take a full season for even the most interested football recruits to feel like they know what they would be getting into coming to Tennessee--and that while CDD tells everyone that what they see UT doing offensively on the field this fall is NOT what he INTENDS to do, once he gets some more tight ends.

Our recruiting assets today come from a general Vol reputation established by Fulmer over the years, and the relationships Dooley was beginning to establish from LaTech. Everything else is being built from the ground up.

Until we get that high profile, big talent signee who attracts others to sign (ala Peyton Manning), we've got a long, hard, slog of incremental improvements ahead of us. Fortunately, Dooley has the kind of high character, to go along with his coaching pedigree, that makes that kind of signing a realistic prospect.

jimr07 writes:

Dave, you give yourself way too much credit. I doubt there are more than you mother and other close family memebrs that really care what you say.

mrvol2u writes:

Why do I always feel I have read an article from a High School paper after reading a Dave Hooker article?

We don't have any 9 year old commitments or any from freshman. I am really worried Dave, could you find out if Coach is cleaning his pool?

Recruits are just suspects till they sign. Once signed they become commitments or least some do. It seems more and more even after they sign they change their minds. I will give CDD till signing day before getting nervous.

Dave maybe you should spend some time with the family, it would be more productive than this article.

GO VOLS!!!

al2476 writes:

This can be solely blamed on Hamilton and his coaching changes. Look at the baseball team and his hire of Raleigh, it is not working out. It is time for Hamilton to go.

iowavol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Dave Hooker brings out a couple of great points here. UT is behind in recruiting because we are on our third staff in about 18 months. Jim Chaney and Lance Thompson are the only holdovers that were on staff with Kiffin and there are no coaches here from the Fulmer regime.

Even with the coaching change at Kentucky there is a sense of familiarity with the Wildcat coaches as Joke Phillips moved up from coach in waiting to head coach and the staff has pretty much remained in tact.

The rule that restricts head coaches from visiting high schools during the spring evaluation period also hurts in that CDD can't get out and make contact with high school coaches and potential recruits.

From what I understand, some states no longer allow high schools to have spring football practice. Those states with spring drills start at different times.

I live here and Florida where today was the first day high schools could hold spring drills. Many schools won't start practice until Monday.

This UT coaching staff started behind the eight ball through no fault of their own. A lot of the kids committing have had relationships with the current staffs of those schools for two or three years.

We might be late picking up commitments and they might not come until the fall when kids get a look at what kind of offense and defense CDD is actually going to use.

The sky is not falling. Tennessee is still Tennessee. A slow start doesn't mean we can't have a strong finish. And it is still almost nine months until signing day.

Go BIG ORANGE!!!

Good post. Most who post here have probably never been recruited - I haven't. So we don't really know what the stability of a coaching staff really does to an NFL potential athlete, but what you say is probably the case.

By the way, I believe there are a lot of states that have never had spring practice in high school. I'm familiar with several of the big 10 states that do not do spring. Hockey and basketball are big up north. The fact that the southeast primarily does allow it is one of the reasons folks outside the SEC say football is a religion to us.

99gator writes:

i have no idea how many recruits tennessee is after that they have a real good shot at.

i agreed that the incident about the player at the spring game was bad and indicated that i believed the current staff has a narrow focus (territorially speaking) with regard to recruiting.

however, you can not make any kind of judgment on recruiting in april/may. to do so is foolish.

texas has a certain strategy when it comes to recruiting that is both positive and negative. they pressure in-state kids for commitments and tell them when the class is full, it's full. that works. but, they also miss out on a lot of big time players because they just won't wait for them. not every kid is ready to make a decision in april 2010 for february 2011. so, they basically limit themselves to kids who always dreamed of playing for texas. since they are in such a talent rich state, they can get away with it. but, that would not work for everyone.

how you can expect a new staff at a school that has struggled to convince a bunch of players to jump on board so quickly is ludicrous? especially if the battles are head to head with other top programs.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Wow! KNS staff, don't you know you can't win with most of these posters. They beat up on you when you don't write something, then they beat on you when you do. If you don't like an article, why not just ignore it-do you respond to it just to see how your post looks? What is accomplished by remarks like "Hooker, you're an idiot", or "you just have to slam UT". Those remarks won't change things.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Hook couldn't stand having more than a couple of legitimate articles in a row. So out comes this junk to get him back on track for this year's worst sportswriter award.

Talk about yelling "fire" when there's no smoke.

Actually there is a lot of smoke bud (no pun intended). Those of you that don't recognize this fact simply don't want to accept the obvious, Dooley is in over his head. If Dooley wants more face time with family he'll get it sooner than later if he doesn't figure out how to recruit FAST!!!

GerryOP writes:

Verbal commits are good PR but mean nothing, absolutely nothing, until LOI NSD, Feb 2, 2011 ... 276 freakin' days, nine freakin' months, from now! THE SKY IS NOT FALLING.

I have always supported Dave Hooker and the KNS, but I do get tired of the pouting and whining simply because Dooley won't treat them like his newest BFFL.

125 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

SEC1 writes:

in response to NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop:

Actually there is a lot of smoke bud (no pun intended). Those of you that don't recognize this fact simply don't want to accept the obvious, Dooley is in over his head. If Dooley wants more face time with family he'll get it sooner than later if he doesn't figure out how to recruit FAST!!!

Dave Hooker made some sense but then had a little non-sense added to the article it seems true that UT is behind on the recruiting trail most contenders have up to 11 commitments, exhibit a( Bama, Texas) who play in the BCS Title game. GA, LSU, FLA all have some decent commitments but the recruiting game has became such a monster you have to jump on kids early and hang on till NSD and with TN struggles in the upcomming season it maybe tough. it was shocking hearing Craig James of ESPN(yesterday) talk about how Oregon is so top to bottom better than UT and how quickly he responded to the question of who wins Sep 11 in Knoxville," he stated oregon wins with out question" so my point would be sure it is early but as a UT fan i would be nervous a little and if your team goes 5-7 4-8 with no bowl game try selling that to a 5* 4* recruit you will get more 3* recruits from juco. just facts!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to 92Vol:

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Oh, c'mon dude, turn in your Vol Fan card and go spread your gloom and doom elsewhere.

You don't know and I don't know what Dooley will accomplish ... just like NO ONE knows what ANY new coach will accomplish anywhere. But if you want to wallow in failure and disappointment before Coach Dooley ever steps on the field as Head Coach of OUR Tennessee Volunteers, so be it. But please, do us all a favor and go cower in your little basement cave and wait for the world to end ... in silence.

We are fortuate to have an AD like Mike Hamilton who has NEVER shirked from an unfathomable task ... like finding and hiring a quality football coach with only two weeks left before NSD. Likewise, we are fortunate to have a head football coach like Derek Dooley.

125 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

VolsINFan writes:

I agree with many of the comments that others have made about the value of "verbal committments". We as adult men (as I am counting most of us are) put too much stock into what 16 or 17 year olds with pimples and no whiskers feels like saying years before actually setting foot on a college campus.

Proof that national recruiting rankings mean virtually nothing look at Miami and Notre Dame. According to ESPN, Miami over the past 4 years has had the #7, #1, #8, and #17 classes, while Notre Dame has had the #14, #9, #9, and #5 classes. Look at what that has gotten them.

In a nutshell, recruiting gurus and draft experts are about as qualified to speak on football as members of Congress right now on any topic.

Go Vols!

crimsonviper writes:

How many times can Hooker recycle this non story?
I had rather read commentary from the chief knob polisher at KNS,zzgator than this sky is falling c r a p.

GerryOP writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dave Hooker made some sense but then had a little non-sense added to the article it seems true that UT is behind on the recruiting trail most contenders have up to 11 commitments, exhibit a( Bama, Texas) who play in the BCS Title game. GA, LSU, FLA all have some decent commitments but the recruiting game has became such a monster you have to jump on kids early and hang on till NSD and with TN struggles in the upcomming season it maybe tough. it was shocking hearing Craig James of ESPN(yesterday) talk about how Oregon is so top to bottom better than UT and how quickly he responded to the question of who wins Sep 11 in Knoxville," he stated oregon wins with out question" so my point would be sure it is early but as a UT fan i would be nervous a little and if your team goes 5-7 4-8 with no bowl game try selling that to a 5* 4* recruit you will get more 3* recruits from juco. just facts!!

Soooo, tell me what exactly qualifies Craig James to be an expert at making such predictions? Without Eric Dickerson, he would have been a mere footnote in the annals of college football history.

Trust me, whether we have 1 or 30 verbal commitments today will not make one bit of difference when Oregon comes to town Sept 11.

Time for church. Sounds like we need to pray for all of you predicting and expecting gloom and doom for the Tennessee football program.

HtownVol writes:

This is no story now. UT almost every year starts slow recruiting. And can any of you blame a recruit for wanting to see how UT plays next year?

I would want to see if this staff fields a team that gives it their all on EVERY play. If the team will give their all and NEVER give up on a play then UT will have made a good choice with this staff.

Not to mention that they will want to see if the Offense or Defense will match their style of play.

GO VOLS

SEC1 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Oh, c'mon dude, turn in your Vol Fan card and go spread your gloom and doom elsewhere.

You don't know and I don't know what Dooley will accomplish ... just like NO ONE knows what ANY new coach will accomplish anywhere. But if you want to wallow in failure and disappointment before Coach Dooley ever steps on the field as Head Coach of OUR Tennessee Volunteers, so be it. But please, do us all a favor and go cower in your little basement cave and wait for the world to end ... in silence.

We are fortuate to have an AD like Mike Hamilton who has NEVER shirked from an unfathomable task ... like finding and hiring a quality football coach with only two weeks left before NSD. Likewise, we are fortunate to have a head football coach like Derek Dooley.

125 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

Dude I think you mean 1-25 Fire The Dooley Dude..

leedsvol2007 writes:

in response to nola_vol:

Think about it... most of us writing on this thread have been committed to Tennessee for 10, 20, 40 years now--and look at the "wait-and-see" attitude WE have!

Bruce Pearl inherited a mature team, committed to each other, physically and mentally capable of implementing (and winning with) his style of basketball very soon after he arrived. He also had that game-changing player (Loften) who could single-handedly pull out a win from a loss.

It'll take a full season for even the most interested football recruits to feel like they know what they would be getting into coming to Tennessee--and that while CDD tells everyone that what they see UT doing offensively on the field this fall is NOT what he INTENDS to do, once he gets some more tight ends.

Our recruiting assets today come from a general Vol reputation established by Fulmer over the years, and the relationships Dooley was beginning to establish from LaTech. Everything else is being built from the ground up.

Until we get that high profile, big talent signee who attracts others to sign (ala Peyton Manning), we've got a long, hard, slog of incremental improvements ahead of us. Fortunately, Dooley has the kind of high character, to go along with his coaching pedigree, that makes that kind of signing a realistic prospect.

Your are dead on. Dooley may turn out to be a great coach but right now is is really an unknown commodity. How we play as the season progresses is going to be huge in how well we recruit.

Notice I did not say we need to win. We need to look well coached and be competitive and possibly beat someone we should not. And above all we need to show big improvement along the way.

Dooley has to be able to sell himself to high school coaches and recruits how well we compete and play will be crucial in this process.

GoVols!

UTATO93 writes:

in response to 92Vol:

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I'm not sure I understand your comments. To blame Hamilton for kiffin is irrational. Did he make a good hire in a difficult situation? Nobody knows but I like what I'm seeing. Problems with slow recruiting is obvious - but I gurantee Dooley is building relationships and he is closing in on some recruits that we don't know about. Stealth and secrecy seem to his tools. As far as a 6 year contract remember Dooley had all the negotiating power - and rightfully used. I have trust in him because I like his style - class and honesty it's hard to imagine not being successful with that approach.

gborasnic writes:

in response to vols2#227315:

Looks like it will be a long time before UT gets a real coach who can recuit.Hamilton needs to be fired. You never give a unproven coach a 6 year contract to start out with. Four year contract and then earn the more each year

Dude u r an idiot look who hamilton has hired since he has been AD, Bruce Pearl,Lane Kiffin(wasnt hamilton's fault for him leaving), and has kept Pat Summit around for a couple more years and Dooley hasnt coached his first game yet and u r alredy judging him i cannot stand BO so-called"fans" like u

Cldvols1 writes:

Give em time the Vols will be fine! GBO

Cldvols1 writes:

in response to gborasnic:

Dude u r an idiot look who hamilton has hired since he has been AD, Bruce Pearl,Lane Kiffin(wasnt hamilton's fault for him leaving), and has kept Pat Summit around for a couple more years and Dooley hasnt coached his first game yet and u r alredy judging him i cannot stand BO so-called"fans" like u

I agree totally gborasnic!

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to Cldvols1:

Give em time the Vols will be fine! GBO

I agree Volnauburn! Some of these folks just tear me up! That's why I have mostly quit posting. I read all doom and gloom from fair-weathered fans! Looking forward to football season! GBO!!!

easleychuck writes:

One person's opinion. More interested in Feb 11 signees.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Dooley has only been head coach for 4 months. I'll reserve judgement of Dooley until I see him get through at least his first year.

The guy has acted with supreme class since he came into the position. I would rather have a guy that sets the proper example for our student athletes than a head coach that acts like Terrell Owens. Believe me, a win at all cost attitude will lead to bad things: probation, lost scholarships, etc.

FWBVol writes:

in response to gborasnic:

Dude u r an idiot look who hamilton has hired since he has been AD, Bruce Pearl,Lane Kiffin(wasnt hamilton's fault for him leaving), and has kept Pat Summit around for a couple more years and Dooley hasnt coached his first game yet and u r alredy judging him i cannot stand BO so-called"fans" like u

Actually Hamilton has nothing to do with Pat Summitt's contract as Tennessee has separate men's and women's athletic departments.

VolunteerLifer writes:

"The slow start doesn't mean it's time to sound the Big Orange alarm."

I disagree, Mr. Hooker. When elite prospects who make it publicly known they want to wear the Orange are not even contacted at all by the coaching staff, instead the kids have to call our staff first, something is close to, if not at, an alarm stage.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

Maybe you need to stay put on the Alabubba site

Lance Thompson should have kept his mouth shut, much like Lame Kiffin. As soon as he popped-off last year about this fence around Memphis and the state, Saban took a top recruit the next day from Memphis. Class acts don't pop-off like that. They go about their business and let the results do the talking, not bravado that is limp.

GerryOP writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

"The slow start doesn't mean it's time to sound the Big Orange alarm."

I disagree, Mr. Hooker. When elite prospects who make it publicly known they want to wear the Orange are not even contacted at all by the coaching staff, instead the kids have to call our staff first, something is close to, if not at, an alarm stage.

I agree that we want kids who want to wear the Orange, but is there any chance that Dooley and Co. may not agree that these kids who have felt slighted are really "elite prospects?"

I'll leave judgement on the quality of recruits to Dooley. A kid and his dad may possibly be somewhat biased, and they are the only folks who are allowed to comment on the recruiting process.

125 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

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