Nutt didn't seem to mind stealing Enrique Davis from AU a few years ago. He'll be without a job in another month.
Later this month when Ole Miss and Auburn are preparing for their annual football game, it’s likely that Houston Nutt’s recent comments before a quarterback club in Birmingham will come up:
“Gene Chizik came in and stole my man Jermaine Whitehead. I asked Gene, ‘Now Gene, you didn’t even have a home visit.’ It must be nice to hold up that crystal ball. Hold up a crystal ball and get one of my best players.”
Whitehead was a four-star defensive back prospect who had committed to Mississippi State and then to Ole Miss before Auburn finally grabbed him in a late surprise.
“He took my hand and said, ‘Coach Nutt, I’m coming to play or you. I took his word!”
How is this not the very definition of recruiting? And remember, until Dan Mullen put the press on him in recent years, Nutt had always been a coach who preferred not to get too many early commitments. He instead preferred to be the guy raiding another guy’s nest… rather than sitting at home trying to protect his own eggs.
Coaches known as strong closers get their recruits from someone else. That’s how closing works. In this case, Nutt was the raidee and not the raider so suddenly that kind of poaching is bad.
Sorry, but we’re not buying this one because at one time or another every coach “steals” a recruit from some other poor shnook.
Nutt’s point in bringing all this up was to decry the league’s new soft 25-man signing cap. “What if something happens like Gene Chizik comes in and takes Jermaine Whitehead?” Nutt asked.
Well, it means a coach had better have some fallback options at the ready.