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Deion Sander's article about Noel Devine

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http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...U0301/702080384

Article published Feb 8, 2007
Deion steers Devine

Former Florida State and NFL cornerback and major league baseball player Deion Sanders writes a column for the News-Press in his hometown of Fort Myers. This was the column published on Wednesday's national signing day:


Understand this, Noel Devine is like a son to me. I have fame and wealth, so I don't need anything from him. I have three sons, so I'm not trying to live vicariously through him.

My motives are as pure as a child's love.

I get emotional when I talk about Noel because we have such a complex relationship.

We connect on so many different levels: friend, mentor, father, athlete.

To sum it all up, let's just say I love the kid. I care about his future. There are so many things I'd like to tell you, but I have a 500-word limit, so I'll make this short and sweet.

First, let me address North Fort Myers coach James Iandoli's remarks Wednesday on Rivals.com, where he indicated that he's frustrated by the process. Why? This has nothing to do with him and everything to do with Noel.

Besides, isn't he the same man who ripped this kid the night he fumbled in their playoff loss, while telling ESPN that he's been like a father to Noel? Well, that was a shock to me and Noel. I could never see myself telling a kid, “Nice fumble,” at the conclusion of one of the biggest games of his life. By the way, coach, he called me in tears that night, and I had to put the pieces back together after you shattered his spirit.

Never forget, this is about Noel. It's not about the schools. Or the recruiting services.

Or anybody or anything else.

I'd like to applaud the entire staff at North Fort Myers High School, especially principal Kim Lunger and assistant principal Ken Burns, because they've been supportive and understanding throughout this whole process.

As you all know, Noel is one of the top running backs in the nation, which warrants much attention. There would be even more hype if every school knew that he would qualify academically. That's why there has been a short but quality list of schools looking for his signature on a letter-of-intent.

Let's take a look at them.

My old roommate Odell Haggins is recruiting him for Florida State. I love my former school, but I wouldn't recommend the Seminoles. Why? Their record the past few years, their poor offense and their inconsistency at quarterback. You want me to give my blessing to an undersized running back in a situation like that?

The problem I have with the University of Florida is they signed everyone but my grandmama - and that's only because she's lost a couple of steps. Besides, it's too close to home. But my conversations with coach Urban Meyer have gone very well.

Then there's Alabama. I spoke to Nick Saban just a few hours before I wrote this column. He's saying and doing all the right things and seems to be the disciplinarian coach I'd like for Noel to have, but this is his first year at Alabama. You have to show us something first.

That takes us to West Virginia, where Noel verbally committed. I talked to Rich Rodriguez early Wednesday morning. Noel had a wonderful visit, but I was troubled by a couple of things they suggested. They were going to allow Noel to live off-campus with his child's mother.

I asked Rodriguez what happens if Candace - who I have great respect for and think is a wonderful mother - and Noel have problems like every other relationship in America. God forbid she decided to leave with the child in the middle of the season. How would that affect Noel, considering all of the loss and tragedy he's dealt with in his life?

Besides, I don't agree with freshmen living off-campus, especially considering the problems he had with attendance in high school.

Here's the truth: He doesn't need to go to college right now. He needs a prep school, like Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., which we visited last month.

I don't know how much Noel enjoyed his trip, but a prep school would allow him to get away from the only place he's ever known as home and find himself. It would force him to deal with being lonely and homesick, which would help him mature.

Most important, it would help him commit to his studies in a way he's never done before, so that he could qualify academically and choose to play at any Division I school in America. He would also retain a full four years of college eligibility but be able to declare for the NFL draft, if his talent allows, following his sophomore year.

The thing people don't understand about being in the spotlight is that while it causes you to shine ever so brightly, it also shows all of your blemishes.

And for those who wonder what makes me an expert, all I can say is, “I've been there and done that - quite well I might add.”

God Bless and God willing, I'll hollah at you next week.
After everything is said and done, more is said than done. - Noah

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Sounds like the voice of experience to me...
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I didn't know that Deion had a common sense side to him.  Everything he said sounds right on the money to me.  I just hope that Noel takes his advice and internalizes it rather than blowing DS off.  

Maybe DS should've been in his life a long time ago, but I sincerely hope that ND's pride doesn't keep him from being steered in the right direction.  Good luck to ND in his future aspirations; God speed and the patience of Job to DS for taking on another man's responsibiliy and trying to teach him the way in which he should go.

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Sounds like Deion has become quite the man. Good job.

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Just as long as he doesn't play for Alabama or another SEC school.  I would hate for us to have to go up against him.

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Dr. Pepper said:

Just as long as he doesn't play for Alabama or another SEC school.  I would hate for us to have to go up against him.

I do hope he comes to Bama in '08. :thumpsup: CNS apparently has to prove his worth to Deion Sanders before Devine can come, but I think it's a good bet that he comes to Alabama (but only if you are betting with pennies).
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