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— Brian spinks (@SpinksBrian) July 31, 2013
I chose this question not to pick on Dee Liner, the Alabama freshman who made headlines earlier this week for posting a picture of himself posing with money. This is a prime example of how the choices prospects make in recruiting and in college -- particularly on the Internet -- can make or break the prospect and damage the image of the program. It has nothing to do with talent. Dee Liner is a very, very talented prospect, but as you hear us say all the time if a premier guy does not pan out, rarely is it due to a lack of physical ability. It is usually related to conduct and in Liner’s case, a lack of maturity.
Is Michael Dyer no longer at Auburn because he wasn’t a good enough player? Nope. Is Isaiah Crowell no longer at Georgia because he wasn’t a good enough player? Nope. Time will tell how Liner handles this blip on the radar, but you can rest assured Saban is on top of it. College coaching staffs often devote a staff person to monitor the Twitter accounts and Facebook pages of prospects they are pursuing and the players on the roster. Countless prospects have been dropped by a program during the recruiting process because of something they've posted online. Will this recent photo of Liner damage the Alabama program? Likely not. But it was an unnecessary distraction that easily could have been avoided by education and awareness. As insignificant as pressing send might seem, the ramifications and consequences can be huge. Just ask Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.