When it comes to football recruiting, no school in the nation, since 2008, has been more successful than the University of Alabama.
Securing the No. 1 recruiting class for 2014, the Crimson Tide have already raced out to a hefty lead in respect to 2015. Receiving verbal commitments from almost 20 prospects as of mid June, the Crimson Tide are well on their way to signing yet another stellar class.
Granted, “star ratings” don’t always equate to success, but the Alabama staff, led by head coach Nick Saban, are some of the best in the country when it comes to player development.
During Saban’s early years at Alabama, the legendary coach was able to turn various 3-star prospects, who had seemingly floundered under the prior regime, and turn them into bona fide playmakers. Tide fans, and college football fans in general, will remember Javier Arenas as a prime example of Saban’s ability to dust off a diamond.
While recruiting, from a fan perspective, can certainly get out of hand due to various ratings systems and social media, the ability to scout talent based on “team need” and intangibles is what sets Nick Saban, and “experts” like him, apart from the competition.
Quite obviously, as is the case with any coach, Alabama has had a few “swings and misses” when it comes to the recruiting process. As is true with every college football program, some players simply don’t pan out. However, it should come as no coincidence that Alabama has won a total of three national championships, two of them back-to-back, since Saban’s arrival. If top players are recruited, and then developed accordingly to the system in place at the school in question, the team, as a whole, should flourish.
Nick Saban has built a brand at the University of Alabama. Like any good businessman, Saban has been able to convince young talent, through his ability to develop players and win, that Alabama is the school where dreams can become reality.
In respect to the signing class of 2015, Saban has already sold the idea of a successful future to several of the most highly touted players in the nation.
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