Tuesday, January 17, 2012
North Atlanta High School's Justin Taylor verbally committed to play football for the University of Alabama back in February. However, Taylor was informed this past weekend by 'Bama coach Nick Saban that he could not sign with the Crimson Tide until 2013. Taylor was the 7th Alabama commitment at the time, and now they are saying that they do not have room for him. But what Alabama is actually saying to Taylor is that they now have better players than him committed and have now run out of scholarships. When a high school player gives a verbal commitment to a school that has offered him an athletic scholarship, he is saying he will come to that school to play. It is a consent of both parties. No, it is not binding; just more of a verbal agreement. Since Taylor committed so early in the process, Alabama should honor its offer to him. However, the 2012 offer has been rescinded by the Tide, and that's just not right. Shame on you Alabama.