Alabama Football Recruiting: Wins and Losses as Tide Roll Through Signing Day

Eric BallFeatured Columnist IVNovember 18, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands next to The Coaches' Trophy which signifies the national champion after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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What does the Alabama football program know about losing?

Not much.

Less than a month after reeling in their second championship in three years, ‘Bama has won another contest of sorts.

As the 2012 National Signing Day comes to a close, it’s the Crimson Tide that has reeled in the top class in the nation.

ESPNU has them No. 1, as does Rivals. Depending on who you ask, they have two to three 5-star players and 14 to 15 four-star recruits heading to campus. Landing 4-star DT Korren Kirven (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville) on Wednesday morning put the icing on the cake.

There is little doubt that ‘Bama is going to remain a national power despite losing four to five players to the first round of the NFL draft. The program doesn’t rebuild—it reloads.

While the wins have come in at a much higher rate than the losses, ‘Bama didn’t register a perfect score. Running back Justin Thomas de-committed from Alabama to Georgia Tech in December and is the only notable recruit to pass on the Tide. The only other minor knock would be the inability to reel in a strong quarterback recruit.

They were able to convince the best safety and sixth overall prospect Landon Collins to forget his home state of Louisiana and the LSU Tigers to join their rival. Brandon Greene is one of the best O-lineman available. Darren Lake and Dalvin Tomlinson are going to terrorize opposing quarterbacks as defensive lineman for years. The list goes on and on.

It’s becoming an NFL talent factory in Tuscaloosa, and there seems to be no end in sight. Nick Saban has the system down pat and continues to smoke the competition on the field and with the fax machine on the first Wednesday in February. It’s a testament to the rich history of the program, the coaching staff and to the consistent rate at which they win.

Sure, the warm weather and chance to play in the SEC are factors, but more than anything else, players want to win and right now there is no better place to go than Alabama.

Roll Tide.  


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