Nick Saban is recruiting running back Barry Sanders Jr. to Alabama. Sanders Jr. told The Oklahoman newspaper yesterday that Bama’s coach is offering playing time as a lure.
“He just said, ‘We need running backs,’” Sanders Jr. said. “How Trent (Richardson) would be a senior if I were to go (to Alabama). He told me Ingram’s leaving, he’s making it public probably Friday.”
I’m not sure that this is shocking news to anyone. Ingram won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore and then saw his numbers slightly decline this past season. He missed two early games with an injury.
Saban has said that he wants his players to do a bit more research on the NFL’s labor situation before jumping into the draft early this year, but Ingram provides a good example of just how much labor concerns will impact juniors’ decisions — it wont.
Sanders Jr. is a junior — in school terms, too — and is a top running back in the class of 2012.