B.J. Emmons’ High School Coach Gives Insight on Tide Freshman RB [Audio]
Aaron Suttles was joined by Brandon Allen, Alabama running back B.J. Emmons' coach at Freedom High School, on Thursday to discuss the young football player and how it was like coaching one of the top recruits in the nation the past couple of seasons.
Coming out of high school, Emmons was considered by most recruiting services to be one of top running backs in the country, if not the best running back in the class of 2016. During his final season at Freedom High School, Emmons rushed for 2417 yards and 36 touchdowns. However, Allen hadn't always known of Simmons, but when he got his first glimpse of the star back, he instantly knew how special a player Simmons was.
"When I [saw] B.J.... just how big he was as a junior, because that was the first time I had the opportunity [to see him], I had never even heard of B.J. Emmons even though I lived just an hour away. And being able to see him out on the football field move, and how explosive he was and how well he could catch the football, how dynamic of a football player he was, I knew he was extremely special."
With a backfield in Tuscaloosa that seems to be lacking its typical depth this season, Simmons could very well see some early playing time as a true freshman, much like many great running backs in the past under Nick Saban: Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, and T.J. Yeldon.
Check out the conversation between Aaron Suttles and Brandon Allen below to hear more about Emmons from his prior coach, and be sure to tune in to The Suttles Approach each weekday from 12-2 PM.