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Five-star quarterback recruit Ricky Town (great QB name) of California decommitted from the University of Alabama recently by way of email to Head Coach Nick Saban. He has since committed to the University of Southern California. I’m not positive, but I believe the standard protocol for a decommitment is a phone call to a member of the coaching staff. It’s as honorable as it gets when a face-to-face isn’t a viable option.
Part of me is like, “Dude, you’ve got to pick up that phone, no matter how uncomfortable the conversation might be. Be a man about it. Own it.” The other part of me thinks there is no way in hell I’d call the Nicktator to drop that kind of news in his lap. He could literally kill a man through the phone.
Yet, there’s a third part of me that thinks this kid might have high school balls of steel to just casually drop a bomb like that on the most intense football coach on the planet. Losing a five-star quarterback is as bad of a recruiting loss as there is for a head coach. Town knows this. Town knows Saban knows this. Maybe Town pulled the ol’ high school power move on Nick, showing off his carefree attitude about the situation. It’s something to think about.
“I sent Coach Saban an email and said ‘Thank you for everything, but I have to do what’s best for me,’” Ricky said. “I never heard back from Coach Saban. But one of the girls that works in his office, she wrote back and said ‘Best of luck.’”
We all knew Saban would get the last move in, didn’t we? Does he wish him luck? Does he thank him for notifying him? Does he try to convince him to keep his commitment with the Tide? No, of course not. He has his assistant fire a three-word email back at Town’s high school ass.