Shadenfreude Chizik-Style

Some Dawg fans are taking time out of their busy holiday schedule to enjoy the train wreck down on the Plains.  Seems T.J. Yeldon’s flip has everybody chattering:

Yep – the top recruit in Auburn’s class, running back T.J. Yeldon, switched his commitment yesterday to Alabama.  And since the down period has hit, Auburn can’t even contact Yeldon to discuss it.  Yeldon’s planning on being an early enrollee, which means he signs in two weeks.  He’s a lost cause at a position of need, given the rumors surrounding Dyer and McCalebb.

Track ‘em Tigers speculates that Yeldon’s change of heart doesn’t pass the smell test, but as someone who’s followed a program that’s recently received the benefit of Alabama’s, um… special attention in recruiting, I would suggest that badly misses the mark.  Auburn’s an easy target for negative recruiting right now, with a season that ended with several lopsided defeats, a coaching staff in flux (along with rumors that Chizik interfered with Malzahn’s gameplanning), top players leaving the program and questions about whether Cam made the program or the program made Cam.

I’m sure GTP isn’t insinuating that Alabama is negatively recruiting Auburn (“…Auburn’s an easy target for negative recruiting right now…).  Although they are an easy mark, why would Bama need to?  The Tigers seem to be doing a pretty good job of marketing themselves lately without any help from the Tide.