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Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:19 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

The rumors had been circulating for weeks that Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon would be decommitting from Auburn and flipping to rival Alabama. Sunday afternoon, the four-star running back turned the rumors into news and officially changed his commitment to the Crimson Tide.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point," Yeldon said in a statement issued to the media. "I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January"

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had been hotly pursued by the Tide coaching staff despite his commitment. Ranked 123rd overall and the 7th-best big back in the country by MaxPreps, Yeldon gives the program an able replacement should Heisman finalist Trent Richardson depart to the NFL.

"I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family," Yeldon said. "I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”

An early enrollee, Yeldon becomes the 22nd commitment for Alabama's class of 2012 and is joined at the running back position by Kenyan Drake. He was recently named MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and rushed for 2,193 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior season.

"T.J. blends good size with great power and speed," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows explosive big-play capabilities, good movement skills, and is able to cut on a dime. He's a reliable receiver and also a very reliable between the tackles runner."


Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:10 am

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

Im sorry but I forgot Tre Mason at RB who looks to be the best of the bunch,or almost as good as Dyer, so that will be  six  4-5 star RBs without Yeldon.Mason turned out to be so good I just couldnt leave him off the list.Still hope T.J comes to his senses.....

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:05 am

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

Yeldon was very solid with Auburn for two years but when Malzhan left so did he.Also with Auburn having Dyer and Mccalebb coming back along with Grant who left bama for Auburn and Blakley who transfered from Florida both 4star guys and then 2012 recruit J. Robinson another 4star guy the AU backfield is going to be crowded next year which im sure changed things.But I have heard rumors from Daphne now that bama has lost thier O.C. also he might switch back because he wants to play for Curtis Luper who is the coach he is closest with on either staff,just a rumor though.Good luck to T.J wherever he goes.

Bammers dont say a word about fans trashing a player for switching committs because you guys are the worst.I dont see what else besides cash in Peaches Hearlands  pocket that made Brent Calloway switch back to bama after the threats he recieved on facebook.Corey Grant got the same treatment along with Cyrus K.All three of those guys were from just last year. 

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:47 pm

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

@ auburnis laughin : I'm pretty sure the word you wanted was "donor", not "donator".

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:19 pm

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

AUTigers7788, All I said was I was glad that you and AUTigers77 and AUTigers778899 weren't one of the Awbun fans blasting this poor kid on Twitter.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:36 pm

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

The kid decommitted because Alabama has the Med School and he just wasn't interested in studying Nuclear Engineering at Auburn !! That must be the reason..

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:53 pm

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

AuTigers77, I said I was glad to see that you and AuTigers7788 weren't one of the low lifes that follow AND wish warm to a 17 year old kid. I just picked the 4 Twitter comments that turned my stomach the most to make a point.

Yeah and why are you bringing me in on this?  I have been on this site for five years and talked to you exactly zero times until just a few days ago when you made stupid comments about how Urban Meyer and Malzahn are only good coaches because they had Cam Newton and Tim Tebow.  I then produced factual numbers that suggested you didn't know what you are talking about and then you went into hiding.  If I am annoying to you because I prove you wrong you are going to have a lot of trouble with me. 

As far as the issue at hand...TJ Yeldon....enjoy your life at UAT.  I could care less about High School recruits until they sign and play ball.  Until they play ball at this level it is mere speculation.  He may turn out to be great.  He may turn out to be a dud.  How many times have we seen this?  What happened to that Star Jackson that was suppose to be the second coming?  What about Kodi Burns being the next great Auburn QB?  I am not going to waste my time speculating over his potential.  He can go wherever he wants.  It's not like the Auburn legacy of backs will be tarnished in the least bit. 

Good luck TJ.  We wouldn't want you on the Plains if you heart wasnt in it anyway. 

Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:02 pm

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

Shoddy reporting...Yeldon was upgraded to 5 star status after his performance in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:31 pm

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn's people like you who create problems with stupid POST like you contribute to this forum.  Alabama and Auburn will always be deeply competitive aganist one another, but it doesn't mean we don't have friends and family at both schools.  So eat your heart out my man !  Too bad you don't have a football team in the upper echelon with the likes of Alabama or Auburn !! You trouble maker !!!!

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:39 am

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

RedRage - Do you have any idea how lame and just plain stupid you sound throwing out such comments? 

What are you 15 yrs old max? 

Go focus on one of your Kentucky teams.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:16 am

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

"The best place for me an my family."

Translation: Alabama paid more.

The SEC, where the C stands for Cheating.  

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