Posted: 10:32 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014

Alabama steals Atlanta DB away from Kentucky 

By Michael Carvell

Nick Saban (AP)

Nick Saban (AP)

Alabama has swiped one of Kentucky’s top football recruits.

Montrell Custis, a 3-star defensive back from Lovejoy High School, switched his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama on Monday night.

Custis, the first cousin of Georgia Tech running back Travis Custis, had been the first commitment of Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class before changing his mind.

“Even though Kentucky was a great program from top to bottom, me and my family decided to go ahead and de-commit because Alabama has a great feel, and it just fits me the best,” Custis told the AJC.

“They (Alabama) are like the godfathers of college football.”

The 6-foot, 170-pound Custis joked with Alabama coach Nick Saban when he gave him the news.

“The type of person I am, I like to laugh and have fun but I’m still all about my business,” Custis said. “(Saban) never smiles. I told him straight up, ‘Coach, I’m about to make you smile.’ He just giggled. I told him I was coming to Alabama.”

The conversation didn’t go as smoothly on Sunday when Custis called Kentucky assistant Derrick Ansley.

DB Montrell Custis (12thmanpromotions)

DB Montrell Custis (12thmanpromotions)

“That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Custis said. “They took it OK. Of course, they didn’t want to let me go. But we just did what we had to do.”

Custis said he has held an offer from Georgia Tech since his sophomore year. “Travis tried to get me to go to Georgia Tech, but it didn’t go quite the way he planned. It’s a great school, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me.”

What about UGA? Custis said he recently got an offer from UGA and attended a Junior Day a couple of weeks agoa. “I think Georgia is so close. I want to explore, and be on my own. If I went to Georgia, it would be like living with my mom. I ain’t trying to do all of that.”

Alabama has 10 commitments for 2015, including four from the state of Georgia.

37 comments
ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Just don't get hurt or it will be "Hasta la vistababy"

JaySly
JaySly

that's not nice---alabama should let uk have a couple of players so they can win an sec game now and then

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

6 ft 170 lbs?

He will probably end up at Tech playing for Paul Johnson as a linemen of some sort.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

IhateCPJ.....would seem like a natural question to ask a player about any interest he had in UGA.  For the most part, those answers do offer an insight on the players decision.  In this case, Montrell did not want to be that close to home.  Now we know.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Ceph....since Pruitt is now twice removed from Alabama and we hired him away from FSU, I too don't understand why some still consider him a Alabama Assit.  We have not hired anyone from Western Michigan since VanGorder, where is the outrage?  If our next HC is from Western Michigan UGA fans then can go bonkers!  We love those WMU guys!

CEPH
CEPH

What I can't understand is that UGA fans love to diss Saban (  I am  a UGA fan) and I know that Saban is a great coach and I give him credit but, what I laugh about is the minute we have a chance to hire one of his assistants ( ala Pruitt) the fans who consistently criticize Saban about pee on themselves with joy. The only reason UGA fans criticize Saban is because Alabama has him and we have Richt plain and simple.  So if he is such a bad guy, why do we go bonkers when we hire someone from his coaching tree!!!!!

FGT
FGT

Savan will make cuts by dec.

He will end up at gt

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

“They (Alabama) are like the godfathers of college football.”

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This recruit might want to look at those Godfather Movies and pay attention to how those "Godfathers" treated people that they no longer had any use for.

BSNBC
BSNBC

You better hope you don't get hurt!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

RandyHall, it is April, little fella!  lol

RandyHall
RandyHall

AL has (4) commits out of the State of GA....UGA has (5) commits from the State of GA....AL is ranked 3rd in the nation now in the recruting ranks and 2nd in the SEC to A&M...UGA is now ranked 11th in the nation in these rankings and 6th in the SEC to A&M, AL, LSU, TN, and AR....other than the excitement of Pruitt taking over the Defense....what has changed @ UGA...still multiple suspensions and arrests; a 5 star player and others trannsferring out; the under-recruitment of major OL and seeing mutiple H/S players going out of state to play ball....TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!   

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Delusionaldog.....this article written by M. Carvell not C. Towers, so it is not a dog blog but a recruiting blog.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

@slydawg sounds like you need a lesson in geography;

Lovejoy to Tuscaloosa 3hrs 23min 224.9 mi

Lovejoy to Athens 1hr 46min 73.8 mi


Dumb rednecks need to research before you type. 

slydawg
slydawg

I glad for him but his reasoning is weak. Both schools are approximately the same distance from Lovejoy. He must have never read a map that does not attach to a computing device...lol. Anyway, he made the best choice for him but parents need to inform their kids better before they speak off the cuff. Because the U of Ga is not at all like staying at home with momma, especially for a black athlete.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

good luck in Tuscaloosa...basketball season is over in Lexington...go dogs

TampGator1
TampGator1

Saban was giggling on the phone because he knows 3-star recruits will be playing for North Alabama in three years.....and not Kentucky.   

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I have a 1970 Nova SS 396 that Mom and Dad bought me brand new. I need to get the car back into shape.  I  got the 350 horse when I should have requested the 375 when we ordered.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You don't know sheet about Alabama sport. Stick to something you know...whatever that  is.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Randy I was sure hoping the Pruitt could cut he pipeline of talent leaving the Atlanta area going to auburn. The only way auburn can have success is the talent they get from Metro Atlanta. The cow college got 10 from Georgia last year and headed for that many again this season.

slydawg
slydawg

@ConfederateFlagBurner @slydawg #1 By your logic, I'd be the first Black redneck ever.

#2 I used the word approximately. Do your research, called " reading comprehension", since you want to be some exact and the fine print.

 #3 Have you ever traveled from Lovejoy (it's actually Hampton, GA FYI) to either school? I graduated from Riverdale High and UGA and my father is from Tuscaloosa. There is virtually no difference in driving distance or "being away from home." If his reasoning is "being away from momma", then Bama as opposed to UGA by one hour ain't it.


#4 Living the experience is better than researching it. Now Google map that idiot.



KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Truth is the KY football players never have to play in cold weather since they're season is over long before the weather is a problem.

That is tacky of me.  

Derrick Ansley came from Nick's Bama staff just so you know.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Or maybe Saban has seen something the geniuses have missed.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Hold on there sport.....Nick is trying to get this guy so his 5* teammate Williams just might come along as well. Williams Father player at Bama so they say but the kid is committed to 10RC right now.

I think I will pencil in this commit over in the "lets say what happens 2 weeks before NSD folder"...just saying. The kid did win best defensive back away at the Atlanta MVP Camp. MIke needs to update his info.

FGT
FGT

The uncle of wilt mustcuss

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

@slydawg  one is 73 miles away the other 224 how is that approximate? If you siding with the Rednecks then you as stupid as they are. 

slydawg
slydawg

@ConfederateFlagBurner @slydawg It takes around 2 hours and more than 74 miles to get to Athens. You have to actually do the driving, hence "living the experience." He does not live in Norcross or Lilburn. CHECK Stop using the nautical miles/ straight line Google map. No one drives through the sticks to get to Athens from Hampton. CHECK


So if we use modern transportation methods, ya know, such as an interstate highway, then the trip is much more realistic. You learn more about lions from being with lions, not from a book. If you a real confederate flag burner, stop using redneck technology to justify your ignorance on this small matter. I've done both drives in either direction. You have not. Case closed. Now Mr. Speaker, I yield the floor.

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