"I don't think you get it. I earned the opportunity, the offers, the choices."

July 27, 2013 at 10:25p    by Johnny Ginter    
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Racean "Roc" Thomas is a hot commodity in Alabama, which means that if he chooses the Crimson Tide or Auburn, either choice will mean that he'll be subject to some of the dumbest blowback that college football has to offer. After giving some fan responses on Ask.fm, Thomas got an absolute gem from one of Alabama's dozens of internet users:

ROC the right choice for ya is to join the best damn program in the nation!!!! why would you even consider a trash ass school like AW-BARN?!? its a no brainer really

Maybe the dude was just a little cranky after turning his hand cranked 14.4 kbps modem for a half hour just to get the message through, and maybe Thomas didn't have to make the dude look stupid to thousands of people but on the other hand yeah he totally did and it was great:

I don't think you get it. I earned the opportunity, the offers, the choices. So I can decide wherever whether its auburn bama or ITT tech! I'm not here to make you or any other fan happy. My goal is to put a smile on my FAMILYS' face !

And that in a nutshell is the most accurate summation of what our attitude toward recruiting should be. Fans are entitled to nothing from 17 and 18 year old high school kids. Getting indignant about that might just lead to you looking like a dumbass.


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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

ROC the right choice for ya is to join the best damn program in the nation!!!

I didn't know he was considering Ohio State.
 

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

gwalther's picture

Low hanging fruit....still needs to be plucked.

Class of 2008

Boomcat's picture

Good to know that a kid has their head screwed on straight. Also nice that the politically correct stuff is put to rest a little.

Hovenaut's picture

Full respect to that kid.

As far as the fan, when it comes to that "no brainer" comment....sounds as though he really understands what he's saying.

Abe Froman's picture

In a nut shell, I think that kid..... well, he gets it.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

BME_Buckeye's picture

And that in a nutshell is the most accurate summation of what our attitude toward recruiting should be.

Yet sadly its not. You'll always have fans who are heart broken and butt hurt over losing a said recruit. Its not about what we want but what's best for them. Too bad most fans can't be more rational in their judgment. Worst part comes when those same fans wish harm on the player.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What is "fan" short for again?

I can understand the disappointment. Some people take their team losing out on a recruit the same way they do losing a game.

I actually prefer the days when I didn't care about recruiting.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

I agree.  Damn the interwebs for getting me to care about more stuff!

pjtobin's picture

Y'all kwit messin wit my unkle / pa. Him iz jest tryin to recrute. My sis / ma iz madder than whorenat bout yins pokin fun. Y'all's klean er up on here. Ands kwits ur hatin on unkie / pa. 
After reading that fans post I felt compelled to go to his level. It wasn't pretty. The things my imagination thought off could get me locked up. I am glad I am a hillbilly. Yet I'm ecstatic that I am a born and raised, here in Ohio , Buckeye. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

1967Buck's picture

  Really PJ? I was born a hillbilly too,but was raised in Ohio. Well aint that interesting. Peace.

brandonbauer87's picture

High school grammar isn't what it used to be.

faux_maestro's picture

Neither, apparently, is adult grammar.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

Haybucks's picture

Thomas got an absolute gem from one of Alabama's dozens of internet users

Now, that's one gem of a statement!

The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing. - Henry S. Haskins

 

FROMTHE18's picture

Do you think the popularization of recruiting via sports channels, web sites, etc. has caused fans to be so fanatical about the whole thing? I mean its a money making business and thats lead to increased coverage which provides more information and opinion for fans to get to. College football fans tend to be heavily passionate towards their school anyways and I think providing another aspect to be passionate about has potentially caused fans to take possession of these high school kids. I think fans should be held responsible for their reaction/comments towards these kids, but the constant reminder of how important they may be for the success of a program (as given to the public by sports channels, web sites, etc) is definitely a contributing factor and should share some of the blame IMO.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Great answer. Automatically personally rooting for him to have great success in college.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

jthiel09's picture

Agree DUBJAYFOOTBALL90, after reading that answer I hope that kid has great success at whatever school he goes to.
Priceless.

JT

tampa buckeye's picture

I only wish him well if he picks osu.

Kurt's picture

 

And that in a nutshell is the most accurate summation of what our attitude toward recruiting should be.

+1

skid21's picture

I love that the kid has his priorities straight. Family should always come first and he has every right to choose whatever team he wants. At the same time if he doesn't care what the fans think then it really isn't a good idea to provide a platform for them to ask you questions. Fans do go overboard but I don't think that fan did. He didn't insult the recruit, he insulted Auburn. A lot of Buckeye fans would think the same thing if a recruit was deciding between OSU and TTUN.

buckeyedude's picture

Putting the university and it's football program aside for a moment, is the State of Alabama kind of like the West Vagina of the South?

 

 

Grayskullsession's picture

PAWWWWWWWWWWWWL Y DEM RECROOTS BEE DISRISPEKTIN DA TAD!?!??!?!?

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."