Nebraska star running back Ameer Abdullah was no slouch as a high school recruit. He was rated three or four stars depending on the service, and had offers from all over the country. One school that didn’t really believe in his potential? His home state school, Alabama. Abdullah, a Birmingham native, says that during his recruitment, an Alabama assistant was very frank with what his role would be at Alabama.
Ameer Abdullah said that during recruiting process, Alabama asst told him he wouldn’t be more than a return specialist for Tide.
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 29, 2014
Usually, stories like this are notable because the school had gotten it wrong with a prospect, but this story is more indicative of Alabama’s frightening depth at running back. The Tide already have a three-headed monster in the backfield with T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake, and Derrick Henry. Abdullah is certainly good enough to play for a school like that, but he’d likely be in that rotation instead of being a featured back for the Huskers.
While missing out on a chance to play for his powerhouse home state team was probably disappointing at the time, things have definitely worked out for both Abdullah and Alabama here.