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C.J. Mosley tells story of why he picked Alabama over Auburn

C.J. Mosley

Alabama Football released Episode 2 of “Bama Cuts” with former linebacker and current Baltimore Raven C.J. Mosley as the central focus. Mosley, who played at Alabama from 2010-2013 was a heralded linebacker who was taken by the Ravens with the 17th pick of the first round in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Mosley discussed “The Process” and how that mentality has been the single most-used moniker to define the Nick Saban era and it applies well beyond the football field if you’re going to succeed while at Alabama.

The most interesting part of Mosley’s appearance was a story from his recruitment that came down to Alabama and Auburn. While speaking with an Auburn recruiter, Mosley said the recruiter tried to use a tactic of showing Mosley how Alabama already had plenty of skilled players at the linebacker position and that Mosley could probably start at Auburn immediately. Unfortunately for Auburn, the tactic backfired as Mosley saw the opportunity at Alabama as more challenging.

What is so timely about these videos is the way they flow from one recruiting angle to the next to show just how great Alabama is for the next crop of top prospects. Although Mosley could have just as easily picked Auburn and the chance to start early, he didn’t. And while last week’s episode focused on the negative recruiting used against Alabama and playing as a freshman, this episode uses the example of a player who chose the competition at Alabama over the chance to start at Auburn.

In two short weeks, former Alabama stars and Saban have given multiple examples of the importance of being able to play early and compete with the best talent in college football. As a top-rated recruit, having these videos on my watch list would be a must, whether I’m on Alabama’s radar or not.

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Mosley’s story will surely generate plenty of attention because it pits Alabama against Auburn, but that the allure of starting at an SEC school, any school, as a freshman didn’t phase Mosley one bit says a lot about his belief in himself, Saban, and the Alabama recruiting pitch.

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