Between 2008-09, Alabama reported $750,045 in football recruiting expenses, meaning the sport spent 49 percent of the athletics department's recruiting dollars. Last year, Alabama spent $27,779 on recruiting expenses per football signee.
Alabama secured its fifth recruiting commitment on Saturday, when Blake Sims of Gainesville, Ga., committed to the Tide.
Sims, a 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback and safety, picked UA over offers from Arkansas, Florida State, and Georgia. He is not yet rated by Scout.com or Rivals.com.
"Blake feels like he has a chance to come in and play quarterback right away at Alabama," Gainesville High offensive coordinator Todd Wofford told BamaOnline. "Blake said if he doesn't play quarterback, he wouldn't mind playing defensive back because of Coach Saban's reputation."
Q. How was your visit to Alabama? A. It went really well. We had a day full of meetings. They talked a lot about academics, and we got to look around campus and see the dorms. We met with Nick Saban twice and got a lot of questions answered. He’s a great guy, and we enjoyed talking with him.
Q, How serious are you about leaving your home state of California to play college football? A. All these schools I’m taking trips to, I’m very serious about. I’m completely wide open. My parents and I are trying to get to all these schools and campuses to figure out which one would be the perfect fit for me. I don’t know as much about the colleges outside of California, that’s why I’m taking these trips to find out which school is the best for me. Going away from home for college doesn’t really bother me. I think it would be exciting to see another part of the country.