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I agree that too many of our best players leave the state. With that said, I don't think there have ever been a set of circumstances surrounding elite recruits from one state like this:
Robert Nkemdiche - Coach played ball at Bammer, parents are from Africa (so no state pride there), mother is still a politician there and insists that here sons will attend the same university. His brother is a hell of a football player but our coaches had a legit reason to slow-play his recruitment. There were questions about his grades. With that said, if you want a chance at Robert, you have to offer the brother.
Vonn Bell- Does not live in the state of Georgia. His mother is employed in the school district where he attends school. For that reason, he's allowed to go to school there. So he is not really a "Georgia kid".
Reuben Foster- Was born in Alabama. His emotional ties are to that state, which is why at one point or another he was committed to both the Bammers and the Barners. On the outside looking in it seems that Auburn has made him and his mother offers that they couldn't refuse. Plus he has a daughter in La Grange that he is very close to and quite frankly closer to at Auburn. I truly believe if he had no ties to the state of Alabama he would've been a Dawg a looooong time ago.
All things considered, you have to wonder if we ever had a legitimate chance of landing either of these three. Nkemdiche and Bell were NEVER coming to Athens. We almost had (and may still get) Foster.
Adams is the head-scratcher here. He is as home-grown as they come. No way a kid of his caliber should leave the state.
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