If we weren't trying to save a scholly here this would just be a normal commitment and we wouldn't be having this conversation. I think Earle was assuming everyone was looking at it from the stay below the limit angle.
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I read a yahoo article on Del Rio and the comments were hilarious. Most of the comments pretty much said he was stupid for paying to go somewhere when he could go somewhere else and get a chance to play. I guess they don't realize money isn't an issue for him and that maybe he wants to challenge himself to play on the highest level.
Also, maybe he wants to be a coach someday and who better to learn from.
I'm not really sure what the big debate, or worry is. The only person that should be concerned as I see it, is Parker. He's kind of caught between a very talented walk-on and Bateman.
As far as Del Rio goes, if he does play in the first two years then who cares about the impact on numbers? If he's the best candidate, then worrying about how that impacts numbers is a minor concern. You don't go oh wait, you're the best chance we have of winning but I don't like "losing" a scholarship.
If he has to wait two years to play? He'll be learning the whole time. The coordinator is good with QBs, he'll be around some of the best coaches and players in the nation. He'll be on campus with his sister. It's not like he'll be trapped in purgatory. And, like Phillip Sims if he can't get playing time and he wants to insure playing time, he'll have options there to. Having said that, I can think of one backup college QB that made it to the pros.
Basically though, Luke doesn't have any less of a chance of making it to the pros at Alabama than he does anywhere else. If he's good enough, he'll almost certainly get playing time at some point. He made a move that showed confidence and thinking ahead, ask Mitch Mustain how that early playing time worked out for him.
He became the Patriots' starting quarterback after Week 1 of the 2008 season after then reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. According to ESPN research, he is the only known quarterback in NFL history to start an NFL game at quarterback without ever starting at quarterback in college.
If he sees the field sometime in the next two years, we will have had some serious problems at the QB position.
Not sure of his NFL potential, but if he wants a career in coaching there is no better place than under CNS. His Dad clearly knows there is nowhere better to prepare for success in the future regardless of what path that is.
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One thing's for certain, this kid is not scared to compete. Frankly, I love that about him!