Star Atlanta high school running back Justin Taylor, a former Alabama commitment who instead signed yesterday with Kentucky, spoke candidly about being mistreated by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban during the recruitment process.
“The way they talked to me, they respected me … but as far as pulling the scholarship, I think they did me wrong,” Taylor told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.”
Taylor committed to the Crimson Tide last season, but Saban then went back on his promise and asked him to “grayshirt,” or enroll in January 2013 instead. Saban claimed it was because of Taylor’s knee injury senior year, but it’s been speculated that Saban may have oversigned recruits for next fall.
“I knew I wasn’t going to Alabama when I met with Coach Saban at my high school a couple of weeks ago,” Taylor said. “When Coach Saban came down, I just had this feeling in my heart. I prayed about it and God told me … and I know this sounds kind of crazy … but God told me that Alabama was not the place for me.”