Former LSU target and current Alabama safety and reigning SEC defensive player of the week, Landon Collins has provided a little bulletin board material in advance of the Tiger’s game at Alabama.
The former Dutchtown High School star led Alabama with six tackles, forced a fumble and ran back an interception 89 yards for a touchdown starting in place of the injured Vinnie Sunseri in the win over Tennessee and Monday opened up about the Nov. 9 game.
— Matt Boudreaux (@MattBoudreaux) October 29, 2013
You may remember the infamous announcement by the former five-star recruit and top safety spurning his mother’s wishes to play for the in-state team in LSU that drew the ire of mommy dearest.
And Collins may wanna rethink his comments because if there was any dirt throwing it was coming from the woman who gave birth to him. His mother, April Justin even told Momstream.com that her son picked Alabama because Nick Saban promised his girlfriend, Victoria Lowery, a job in his office.
Sounds like dirt throwing to me but it doesn’t stop there.
She also wanted her son to stay close to home–as most mother’s would want–but also because she felt Les Miles would play him as a freshman and not move him to nickelback. Collins played extensively on special teams as a freshman at Alabama making 17 tackles, but only saw reserve duty at safety.
“His (Nick Saban’s) goals don’t meet the criteria of the family; they meet the criteria of Alabama,” Justin added.
She also felt stereotyped by Saban after an in-home visit centered around getting Collins to the NFL left her with a bad impression of the now four-time national champion. In an excerpt from ESPN the Magazine, she says the coach offended her during his stay by promising that her son would be a high NFL draft pick and receive a multimillion-dollar contract.
“I think he stereotyped me,” Justin says. In her mind, Saban had told her what he thought she wanted to hear, when her real concerns were about academics and how a program would take care of her son.”
Now perhaps there was some dirt being thrown by people on social media or people in his hometown who felt he may have led LSU down a dead end or he betrayed his hometown team, but to say it was from LSU just doesn’t make sense.
In fact, these comments made by Miles after the decision are genuine class and with respect to Collins and his decision.
In any event, LSU was already fired up to spoil Alabama’s perfect season and a shot at a third straight title, so these comments by Collins will only add fuel to the fire.
Nov. 9th can’t come soon enough.