The topic that’s dominated recruiting discussions for a few years came up once again with Alabama’s signing class. The balance between oversigning and grayshirting changed when the SEC capped classes at 25.
The seemingly solved the first issue but amplified the other. Alabama reportedly offered Justin Taylor and Darius Philon the option to sit out next fall and sign in 2013 because the Tide had too many commitments.
Philon ended up signing with Arkansas and Taylor with Kentucky.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said he “sorta resents” the “cynical attitude of a lot of people” towards coaches’ intentions when grayshirting players to meet scholarship limits.
“We actually took some opportunities away from guys that really wanted to come to Alabama that we couldn’t sign,” Saban said. “And they couldn’t come here because we couldn’t offer that option to them. I don’t really see how that’s really good for the league, but it is what it is and we’ll manage it in the future.
“They said they didn’t want anybody to over sign, but the fact of the matter is, if you only have 20 scholarships to give and you sign 25 guys, you’re still over signing. But when you have a large class of seniors like we did and have a lot of scholarships available, it’s a little more difficult management.”
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