Recently, Alabama flipped a Georgia commit. One reason given for his change of heart: facilities.
Recruiting is an ‘arms race’ and many schools use its facilities as a ‘wow factor’ in getting a commitment. Saban has invested a lot of money into upgrading Alabama’s athletic facilities. Alabama has one of the nicest indoor practice facilities in the nation and Georgia is currently building one. Alabama’s facilities were a contributing factor in McGraw’s decision to flip to the Crimson Tide.
“Every program in the country wants to win the ‘wow’ factor with recruits,” McGraw replied. “Certainly as a recruit, Alabama’s facilities catch your eye immediately.”
Maybe McGarity should have shown him the reserve account balance. It’s pretty impressive in its own way.