Post by Michael Falkner
I understand why Bama does it, but I don't understand why those recruits do it. There are 100 other schools that will put them in the Pros just as well, maybe even better as they will probably get substantially more playing time.
Why do you think the best players want to go to Bama?
Here's the recruiting pitch, you can figure it out for yourself: "Play with the best, or go down like the rest."
It's not hard at all, and it's why college football, as you know it now, is dead -- damn soon.
Many of them never get to play, you rsfcking moran. Iowa, for instance, puts tons of players into the NFL. They led the nation in players in the NFL a few years ago. Right now they appear to be 7th behind Bama, tOSU, LSU, Georgia, ND and clempsun. I'm not saying any of them want to play in corn country, but there are literally dozens of schools that have more than 10 players in the NFL right now, including schools like temple, NC state, Utah, pitt, BC, et cetera.
because when you are a top high school recruit, there are two things at work here:
1) you don't envision yourself having to struggle to get playing time. Yes in the back of your head you know there are going to be a bunch of other top recruits as well at alabama or georgia, but all your athletic life you've towered over others so you just don't percieve that as being an issue. Even when in some cases it turns out to be.
2) While raw numbers of players in the nfl are meaningful, players see all the 1st round picks out of bama and say "that's what I want
to be". Yes Iowa may have 60% of the numbers of total NFL players as Bama(and I don't know what the actual number is), but what's the first round relative percentage? I know Iowa has had a couple, but Bama seems to average 4 per year which is insane. So right or wrong, these top recruits all perceive their goals to be becoming a 1st round pick and cash a huge signing bonus and have a very long career, not
just make a roster for a few years(which is obviously a huge accomplishment too).
And I think for the second point, perhaps an argument could be made that by getting the exposure of going to Bama it helps vault some
players into the first round who if they had gone to a lesser program may have been second or third rounders. I'm not sure....just saying its a possibility.