How strong is the commitment of one of Georgia’s top running backs to Alabama?
So strong that he’s wearing proof of it on his head.
Hillgrove High School’s Kenyan Drake recently had the Crimson Tide’s “A” logo shaved into the side of his head.
Is that loyalty or what?
“I went to the barber and gave him my Alabama hat,” Drake explained to the AJC. “He looked at it, and used it as the inspiration to draw it on my head. It really turned out great.”
Since Carter is at least a few weeks away from giving interviews at Alabama - hopefully, he won't be lumped with the freshmen and kept away from the media for a year - this column is less about him than about the shadow into which he steps: the long shadow of Julio Jones.
Alabama fans are considered singularly unrealistic in their expectations for season-by-season success, and for the high hopes placed on individual players. I don't think that reputation is entirely deserved, when one considers that expectations are commensurate with success.
This year’s group for the Thorpe consists of 37 players, including a conference-leading 10 players from the SEC. The ACC is next with seven, followed by the Big 12′s six and four apiece for the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Alabama led all individual schools with three players on the list — strong safety Mark Barron, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and free safety Robert Lester. Oklahoma and Florida State with two apiece were the only other schools with more than one player to make the list.
"Outstanding leader," Manning said. "I call him ‘The Mayor. He's just a take-charge guy. He gets in a room and there are no strangers to him. He knows everybody there. He calls me and tells me about kids that ought to get to come to the camp. He called me about bringing a quarterback from Pittsburgh. That's the kind of guy he is.
"I'm proud of him. We love having our college guys here. Some of them come back two years, but very few of them come back after they leave college and are about to go into pro football. They don't come back to our little camp here, so Greg is a special guy."