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Monday morning bump. How’s the grass in BDS looking?
Hadn’t seen it posted. Golf in the Athens regional and Robby Shelton got his 2020 tour card.
Lost the weekend series 1-2 to Auburn. Won the Montgomery game so 2-2 on the year. Two more SEC weekend series then season is over.
I dont care if we ever win another baseball game
Alabama sitting pretty for 5-star RB Kendall Milton
Alabama turned to the state of California in the 2017 recruiting cycle to sign five-star running back Najee Harris out of Antioch. Now the Crimson Tide staff is back in the Golden State with a similar goal in mind.
Five-star running back Kendall Milton, the No. 3 ball carrier in the 2020 class from Buchanan High School, is a top target of the Tide’s this cycle. He made his way out to Tuscaloosa last month.
“It was actually pretty cool, man,” Chris Milton, Kendall’s father, told BamaOnLine of the stay. “It’s kind of like I told Coach (Nick) Saban and the other coaches … in preparing to go to Bama, you hear some adverse things about Bama, you hear some adverse things about the way Coach Saban runs his program, and so on and so forth. You go in kind of expecting a very rigid machine and that sort of a thing, but after having the opportunity to meet his coaching staff and to meet with Coach Saban and actually having the opportunity to sit down and probably spend collectively a little over an hour with him, you realize … honestly, my wife and I, we both are in business and we both equate him to the way he runs his program is like a CEO. He has his managers in place, which are his coaches, they know what they’re responsible for, they know what executionables they need to act on with the desired results, and they really just do it. For us it was less of a sports program and more of corporation, and that’s not to say it in a negative fashion.”
Milton’s father had been to Bama once before when the Tide hosted Fresno State back in 2017. Milton’s other son, Ka’Lonn, is a running back for the Bulldogs.
Of course, the visit with Kendall last month was quite a bit different in that the Milton family wasn’t visiting with an opposing team.
“It was enlightening,” Chris Milton said of their talk with Saban. “He talked less about football and more about life, more about leadership, more about development. Again, like I said, my wife and I run businesses respectively in our own area, and listening to him, honestly it was motivational for us. There were some things I took back to my leadership team within my organization and quoted him on it. It was actually pretty cool, man, to sit down with him and get coached up.”
Saban has a such a great grasp on his program that Milton’s father couldn’t help but to draw a comparison.
“I say this kind of out of humor … sitting down with Coach Saban was kind of like sitting down with The Godfather,” he said laughing. “It really had that feel. Nick Saban, you can tell he has a lot of old school in him. Obviously we’ve visited some of the top universities in the country with some of the top head coaches in the country, and you walk into their offices and, not using the word flamboyant, but it’s modern. Basically you walk in and it’s like wow this is your office. Granted, Coach Saban had a big office, but it was kind of like you stepped into a mob boss’ office. It had that feel to it.”
Saban wasn’t the only coach to spend time with the Miltons. Both running backs coach Charles Huff and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian got to know the family better during their stay as well.
“I think Coach Huff is definitely a guy,” Chris Milton said. “I think his resumé, especially his recent resumé, has proven exactly what he can do with Saquon Barkley, and then also his other running back, since he just got to Bama, that went in the second round (Miles Sanders), who was the second running back taken. So I know he can put out guys.”
Perhaps one of the more genuine conversations Milton’s father has had with a coach came during his talk with Sarkisian.
“I like Coach Sark; Coach Sark is a really good dude,” he said. “And I think that he’s genuine. We actually had the opportunity to have a real-life conversation. I mean, it’s public knowledge that he had some adversity in his life after he left USC. I asked him about it, because I’m big on trying to see what have you learned from your past. That’s one thing we try to do and teach other people. He was a stand-up guy, he basically just addressed it — of course we didn’t get into detail — and 100 percent said ‘You know what? I’m a totally different person. I was humanized. The way I interact with my players, the way I interact with my staff, just my outlook on life and my opportunities.’ It was real cool to hear. We all make mistakes, but not all our mistakes are on a national level, right? For him to actually look in the mirror and say ok what can I learn from this? That’s pretty cool. That’s comforting to know that now if my son chooses to be coached by him, he has a guy who is in touch with reality and what’s real instead of theory. That was really good for us.”
Last, but certainly not least, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran left quite the impression on the family.
“Of course I’ve got to give my boy Scott Cochran … that dude is on another level,” Chris Milton said. “I just had bicep surgery, I had a torn tendon, and it was torn while I was sitting in his office, but sitting in there watching how they get after it in the weight room and everything … yeah, he’s a guy. He’s a guy, for real. As an adult, I told my wife I wish I had somebody in my life like a Saban or a Cochran to have that kind of accountability.”
Kendall was able to spend time with players like Tua Tagovailoa and others. Fellow California native Najee Harris was unable to see Milton during their stay, however, the two do have a bond. How much influence could that have in an ultimate decision? We’ll see.
One thing is clear: the visit helped Alabama’s chances.
“I think that Bama has definitely positioned themselves and given themselves some very huge relevance. I know that for a fact,” Chris Milton said. “I can probably speak with 100 percent certainty that he’ll be scheduling an official visit to Bama. Just a matter of putting that on the calendar. For a lack of better words, I think they made his personal cut.
“One thing about Kendall, Kendall has a poker face. Even to his mom and I, we sit here and guess. He cut a list of 41 down to a recent seven and we’re asking him to cut it down to a potential five for the official visits, which will ultimately become one. That’s hard. The reality of it is this: the decision that he makes on this 2019 calendar year, ultimately has the power to impact the rest of his life. If he goes to the right school with the right program, it can potentially put him in the right offense, maybe win some awards in college, be a top first round pick, make a whole hell of a lot of money, create businesses, wealth for himself — it can change his life. Or, if he makes the wrong decision that stunts his growth, now he’s fighting or whatever. He’s potentially making the biggest, most influential decision of his life. At 17 years old, I know for a fact I wouldn’t want it.”
Milton isn’t your average 17-year-old, though. So sifting through opportunities to play at schools like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and USC, among others, isn't something he's taking lightly.
“Kendall is very, very mature,” his dad said. “This is why we’re comfortable with him being a little bit more tight-lipped. We understand the litmus test by which he’s grading everything by. It’s not about the glitz and the glamour, it’s not about the shiny things. Kendall actually deep dives and gets granular into the things that he’s really looking at — life after football, alumni program, truly developing me, physically and mentally, building football IQ … Kendall knows exactly what he’s looking for.”
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Milton is rated the No. 3 running back and the No. 22 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.
This would be an extremely important signing and solve possibly our biggest need in the next class. I'd still consider signing another PG in the class or combo guard but it would take a lot of pressure out of signing that position. Really want this kid...
Off the subject of Cole and thinking aloud... I know we likely trail on Jayden Stone atm, who didn't seem high on Avery, but I wonder what it would mean if he did in fact reclassify? Sounds like he is higher on AU right now. Maybe the more time we have to recruit him and for him to see the new system the better? I'm surprised he isn't being recruiting more aggressively but he is a bit of an off the radar kid. I also wonder a bit about his grades but that is just speculating on my part. Also surprised Watford didn't have more schools coming in and offering late too tbqh.
whew thank god. i was worried about this one getting away
Tweet won’t load. Is Mack returning?
god no. gross.
it's a commitment tweet from a rugby player.
Saban also talked about the perseverance of the characters so you know his favorite is Jon Snow. Both came back from significant injuries in a matter of 48 hours.
Bama offered Christian Gonzalez today from Dallas and it looks like a great find by UA DB coach Karl Scott. Big kid who can run and is just now getting noticed this offseason. Six days ago he didn't have any offers but now schools are coming by in the spring, and with his size and speed he's getting a lot of attention. As a frosh/soph, he was a QB at another school and made the move to DB last year. Recruiting-wise he's wide open and things are probably going to happen fast I'm guessing. He is expected to camp at Bama and one source close to his recruitment said the Bama offer "really opened up his eyes. Alabama has his attention.”
Athletically, he has the pedigree with his dad being a soccer/ basketball player and his sisters running track. Very athletic family. Gonzalez ran a slower time at a camp earlier this year, but he had a hip injury and still wanted to compete. His recent track time of 21.65 in the 200 meters is moving for a big kid and it attests to legit speed.
Going to be interesting to see what happens here, but it sounds like Gonzalez could be about to blow up. I know UA staff likes what they have seen so far. Good job by Coach Scott.
247sports Profile LInk: https://247sports.com/player/christian-gonzalez-46080020/
Saban and Kirby were hanging out with JB from WSP
This year's about to be heady as fuck
Who’s JB from WSP?
Which one is the dragon one?
Favorite post ever
This guy's never been on shakedown street
Is JB from WSP related to the Grateful Dead somehow?
Sounds like it might have looked similar from the inside. Less humility is a much better description of the difference in the leadership the last two seasons, especially last year.
This season is the 2017 classes time to shine. Probably the best class Saban has ever signed and they are juniors now. Interested to see who steps up as leaders. There shouldn't be any sense of entitlement this year. If they have the right mindset and focus nobody is stopping them. It really is amazing to look at that class and how few busts or non-contributors there are. Almost every one of them has panned out, especially at the top. We went 6 for 6 on five stars. Only 1 transfer and 1 dismissed so far.
Najee Harris (5*)
Alex Leatherwood (5*)
Dylan Moses (5*)
Jerry Jeudy (5*)
LaBryan Ray (5*)
Tua Tagovailoa (5*)
VanDarius Cowan - Dismissed
Kyriq McDonald - Transfer
Isaiah Buggs - JUCO - NFL
Not out of the question that out of those 6 five-stars we signed we get a Biletknikoff, Maxwell, Walter Camp, Butkus, Outland and Heisman winner.
Then throw in these potential Sr leaders all on defense and its looking good.
Would love for Chris Allen to blow up this year. High hopes for him, injuries have held him back a lot
I guess it's still hard to argue with the very top of the 2008 class based on what we have seen in the NFL so far. But that class was sooooo top heavy. The bottom half was absolute shit and most never even played.
2013 has an argument as well.
I know I'm probably just going to get Rolando'ed again, but I really hope Rueben is able to get his shit together and live up to his potential.
Any chance we go after Chris Steele?
Any Watford updates? Been out of the loop
Sounds like we’re out of it
Well I didn't think TMB would lead me to reading the SOCTUS blog but here we are. Congrats colonel_forbin
Is LSU just throwing out bags left and right? I was surprised when Burton and Jarrett committed but I just now saw that Sempah did too. What the fuck
They are, but I’m also pretty sure Bama and Clemson told Sampah thanks but no thanks.
Explain why pls
Yeah, there is a story being spun by our side that we wanted him to come camp before giving a committable offer. That turned him off so he pounced on LSU. I have no idea if that is true.
Apparently we much prefer some 3* ILB from GA
Sounds like BS. Hasn’t he already visited twice?
How are we looking with the instate kids from Bham and Theodore?
He’s kind of a forgotten man because he never gave interviews and got dicked over late by the recruiting services but I just saw a NSD interview with Sopsher and the kid seems to have a great head on his shoulders.
I think, unless you are an absolute no brainer take, our staff is huge on showing up in camp and proving it in front of them. They seems to put a tremendous amount of stock in that, and rightfully so.
For whatever reason it seems that they don't think Sampah is a no brainer and want to see him compete in camp, and he seems to not be willing to wait. Weird situation, but I definitely understand Saban's desire to have an in person evaluation and being more selective seeing how few spots we have left.
I stopped questioning Saban's evals and recruiting a long time ago.
I still think we have shot, by default. He has been an LSU lock for a few months, the only hangup is the Wade situation. If it seems resolved he is going to LSU, he would already be signed there if it were not for this FBI stuff. They are in wait and see mode with Wade, but more stuff keeps coming out seemingly weekly...
If Memphis signs Precious and his G buddy (his name escapes me, but I believe he reclassified to this class) I don't think they will have room for Watford. Memphis people feel confident they are getting Precious, so they may not be an option for him.
If more of this FBI stuff keeps coming out and it gets worse and worse for Wade, or if he is fired, then I think we are going to be the only option and he will come to Bama. I think that is the only way it happens, though. So maybe we catch a break for once. Hope these strong ass offers keep being leaked about Wade and maybe it'll spoke them enough to go elsewhere.
It's easy to forget about all the guys who don't enroll early these days.
Lot of help/depth on the defense will be showing up on campus soon. Sopsher, Young, Battle, Hellams, Turnage, Banks, Harris, Mwikuta, Ingraham.
Practice time with big bro.
I wonder if we got some resolution on this: