michael kors factory outlet Mountain Brook's Buddy Pell bypasses full football scholarship to Jacksonville State to walk-on at Alabama Mountain Brook senior Buddy Pell, the grandson of former Florida coach Charley Pell, has decided to bypass a full scholarship to Jacksonville State in order to walk-on at Alabama. (Mark Almondemail@example.com)"He'll be a third-generation player and he is all Alabama. Cut him open and he'll bleed Houndstooth for sure." -- Mountain Brook coach Chris Yeager|
-- Joe Houndstooth might not fixate too long on a headline that includes the words "Alabama" and "football walk-on" these days.
There are much more "in demand" four-star recruits and five-star prospects to fret about.
Mountain Brook senior Buddy Pell won't receive the first penny in athletic scholarship money, but he won't be the typical glorified practice body in Tuscaloosa.
The lure of the Crimson Tide program was strong enough for the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder to forgo a full football scholarship to Jacksonville State. Pell's likely home will be with the safeties and on special teams in Tuscaloosa.
Does that last name seem familiar?
Charley Pell, his grandfather, was the head coach at the University of Florida from 1979-1984. Buddy Pell was also a three-year starter at either linebacker or safety for Mountain Brook. He led a perennial playoff team in tackles in each of those years.
He routinely cracked the 100-tackle mark as an anchor of the Spartan defense. If that's not enough to make the average Alabama fanatic file the name away for future reference, then consider this thought from his high school coach. Pell was a three-year starter at Mountain Brook who led the team in tackles in each of those varsity seasons in Alabama Class 6A ball. He finished his varsity career with more than 350 career tackles for a perennial playoff team. (Mark Almondfirstname.lastname@example.org) "If you look at the Alabama program and give it a good look, then you think what do they really need," Mountain Brook coach Chris Yeager said.
When Yeager answered his own question, he said not much of anything.
"But number one you get an in-state player," Yeager said. "I've heard that's an issue there. Alabama wants more in-state players on the roster. They want more Alabama boys in the program there and thriving on their team. They bring in these recruits from all over the country that don't really bleed Alabama football as much as a kid who grows up in Alabama. Its not just a game to a kid from Alabama. It is in their heart. They are getting another person in their program and in their locker room where football and Alabama football means everything to him and it has been for a long time."
Yeager said that cannot be understated.
"When players lose focus at a big school and a big-time school like Alabama or get complacent that's because playing football doesn't mean a great deal to them," Yeager said. "Sure they are on scholarship and are thinking about pro ball one day. But what does wearing that helmet mean to them every week? That's huge to me. Now put that aside and then they will also be getting a player who knows the game. Give him time. I promise you he will know that secondary like Kirby Smart knows that position. So however many assistant coaches Alabama has in that program they just added another one in Buddy Pell."
Yeager said Pell decided to be a preferred walk-on about two weeks ago.
"The third thing is they are getting is a good little athlete," Yeager said. "A lot of people think the Mountain Brook athlete has topped out. But I think he's still got a lot of upside. Especially on special teams. I can see him making a contribution like a Hardie Buck did at Alabama with time."
His high school head coach said Pell can cover the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, but plays even faster than that.
"He'll be a third-generation player and he is all Alabama," Yeager said. "Cut him open and he'll bleed Houndstooth for sure."
Pell will join a line of recent Birmingham Metro standouts like Clay-Chalkville's Taylor Owens, Hoover's Caleb Sims and Will Lowery and fellow Spartan Edward Aldag that joined the Crimson Tide as walk-ons. They all came to Tuscaloosa rather than accept a full scholarship at a lesser program.
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