How Tim Tebow's Choice Changed Alabama: Where Would We Be Now?

L.C. MayCorrespondent IApril 6, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates with fans after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Gators won the game by a score of 24-14.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

When Tim Tebow was coming out of Neis High School in Florida, he was recruited by some of the top colleges in the nation. He narrowed it down to two schools: Alabama and Florida. Both schools would have given anything to get him. Unfortunately for Alabama fans, Florida got him.

I have now personally seen the things Tim Tebow can do on a football field. Every time I see him play, the one and only thing that runs through my mind is: where would Alabama be if they would have signed Tim Tebow? Another thing in the back in my mind is: how come he didn't sign with Alabama?

The first question I am going to try to answer is why he didn't sign with Alabama. Tim Tebow loved both Urban Meyer and Mike Shula (who was the coach at that time), which made it a difficult decision for Tebow. At that time, I thought Tim Tebow was going to choose Alabama after the fans cheered his name at a game in October of 2006. I thought it was unanimous after Mike Shula spent 12 hours at Tebow's farm in Jacksonville, Florida. Yet Tim Tebow still chose the Gators over the Tide. Tebow said he chose the Gators because he wanted to stay close to his family. Tebow also said that he has always been a big fan of the Gators. So even though he has the usual reasons someone has when they decide to choose their home state school, I think that Tebow wasn't smart in his decision to choose the Gators. Alabama fans would have basically done anything he wanted, and Mike Shula spent more time on him than on any other recruit he had.

So the next question is where Alabama would be if it would have signed Tim Tebow. I honestly think that if Tim Tebow would have signed, Mike Shula would still be at Alabama. I know that one person isn't a whole team, but Tim Tebow is more than an athlete; he is a leader. Tim Tebow has amazing stats that might have won us a few more games under Shula, which might have caused the University of Alabama not to fire him. Another thing that that might have changed is the type of offense we would have run. If Alabama was smart, they would have ran a type of offense that would let Tebow go wild.

Despite the fact that Tim Tebow didn't sign with Alabama, I think that it was a win for Nick Saban to come to Alabama. Look where we are now: we've got a coach who can win all his regular season games in only his second year at the capstone. So even if you disagree with me, I would rather have Nick Saban than Tim Tebow.

Alright, so here is my article... feel free to comment.