From 2 Stars to 5 Stars

Posted by | May 17, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

No Need To Convert 2 Star Players

By Larry Burton, Bleacher Report
I talked to William Vlachos after the Capital One Bowl Game and we talked about him being the last Shula recruit on the team. Later while watching that interview for another story, it came to me. Nick Saban came to Alabama and took a bunch of walk ons, like Rashad Johnson, and 1- and 2-star players and turned them into national champions. Saban embodied what the other great Alabama coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant used to say, “It’s not always who you get, but what you do with the ones you got.” What Saban and company did was employ the “Process”, and after weeding out the ones who wouldn’t take part in it, made them a team that is always included in the national title talk. So if Saban accomplished this with what was a hodge podge of recruits from walk-ons to 4-stars, what will he do with a whole team of 3-, 4- and 5-star athletes? [More]

Final Goodbyes To Aaron Douglas

By Chris Low, ESPN
They gathered from all corners of the college football world on Sunday night to say goodbye to Aaron Douglas. And that was just a small sampling of the overflow crowd that squeezed into Cokesbury United Methodist Church’s Epworth Hall, all trying to make sense of a tragedy that rips at your heart in more ways than you ever thought imaginable. The 21-year-old Douglas, who had just started to rekindle a promising football career at Alabama, was found dead this past Thursday morning in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Authorities are still investigating the cause of death. In attendance were three men who’ve won national championships as head coaches — Nick Saban, Phillip Fulmer and John Majors. They all sat up front with the family. It hardly stops there, either. Duke coach David Cutcliffe, a longtime assistant at Tennessee, was there. So was former Tennessee assistant Dan Brooks, who’s now at Clemson and recruited Douglas to Tennessee. Alabama, still dealing with the fallout from the devastating tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa earlier this month, brought two planes full of people. [More]

Dillon Lee commits to Alabama

By Michael Carvell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dillon Lee called the head coaches of his four finalists before announcing his commitment to Alabama on Monday evening. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker picked Alabama over Florida State, while UGA and USC tied for third. He called the head coaches of the respective schools (and was unable to reach USC’s Lane Kiffin). Nick Saban’s reaction? “He was excited.” Did he have anything witty or funny to say? “No, not really. But he was really excited. I don’t think he’s the type to jump up and down.” “I was very serious about Georgia,” Lee said. “My brother plays there. You know, they just came in too late. They came in real late.” Dallas attended Monday’s announcement and said he supported his brother wherever he decided to commit. “A lot of Georgia folks wanted him to come there when he got that offer. But really that was up to Dillon. I didn’t pressure him about it. It would be cool if he would’ve come to Georgia. We’d get to play together in college. He didn’t feel like Georgia was the best place for him — so ‘Bama it is.” [More]

Why 2011 could be a memorable season in Tuscaloosa

By Chris Low, ESPN
Biggest reason for hope: Talent and experience on defense. Even with the loss of Marcell Dareus early to the NFL draft, Alabama returns as much talent on defense as any team in the league. Linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, along with safeties Mark Barron and Robert Lester and cornerbacks DeQuan Menzie and Dre Kirkpatrick, all have a chance to be first- or second-round draft picks. In other words, the Crimson Tide won’t lack for talent on defense. Even more importantly, they will be much more experienced on defense, particularly in the secondary. Mental errors and botched assignments took their toll on Alabama in key situations a year ago, and lot of that was inexperience. Everybody is back in the secondary next season, though, and don’t be surprised if Menzie and Kirkpatrick end up forming one of the best cornerback combos in the league. Alabama won’t be limited the way it was in the secondary last season, which will open up more things across the board defensively for the Crimson Tide. [More]

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