Mr. Emmert, with all that culture changing you’re so jazzed up about, any possibility this is on your radar?
Former Washington High defensive tackle and Alabama verbal commitment Darius Paige is headed to Foley High School in Alabama.
But that’s only the beginning of the story.
Washington High assistant coach George Schellang confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Paige withdrew from Washington and will be transferring to Foley High.
“Today, (Darius’) dad came in and withdrew him,” Schellang said. “He just came in and cleared out his locker. I saw the withdrawal form and it said he was withdrawing to attend Foley High. All of his transcripts are being sent to Foley.”
Schellang also confirmed that Paige first approached him during the summer about moving to Foley, saying it was recommended to him by Alabama assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt, who at the time was recruiting Paige.
“Darius came in the office one day during the summer after coach (Mike) Smith left and sat down and told me coach Pruitt, who is the Alabama coach who was recruiting him, wanted him to go to Foley High School,” Schellang said. “Basically, he said (Foley High) could take care of him academically.
“My reaction was shock and dismay that a Division I coach would tell a high school athlete that he needed to transfer, that they had people there to help.”
Shock and dismay? But Alabama isn’t any ordinary Division I school, sir.
How much of this is true? Who knows. But one thing you can bet on – the NCAA’s lack of interest.