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A lot of these players make decisions based on where they can play next year. The fact of the...

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A lot of these players make decisions based on where they can play next year. The fact of the matter is not a whole lot of players actually play when they're freshmen

Gentry Estes: DeMarcus Milliner, Phillip Sims get to work early as two of the top players in Alabama's recruiting class That quote comes from Nick Saban's NSD press conference yesterday afternoon, and frankly I think the ol' Nicktator makes a great point. In all honesty, why in the world would any recruit ever base their decision on the potential for early playing time? Now, it's one thing to not go to a particular school because they have a loaded depth chart at their particular position, but to go to a school because you feel early playing time is yours for the taking? That's frankly absurd. If you look at the history of meaningful playing time given in recent years to true freshman -- even for the highly-touted players -- the results are abysmal. Simply put, the overwhelming majority of true freshmen, regardless of how good they are and where they sign, ultimately end up riding the pine. Probably one in ten players out there who sign somewhere for the perceived opportunity of early playing time ultimately in fact get that early playing time. So why then do so many kids continue to use that as one of their major determining factors in selecting a school?
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