Alabama has returned to greatness under Nick Saban, and a major component of that return is recruiting. Now that the Tide are back in the recruiting game, elite talent seems to flock to the Capstone like the swallows of Capistrano.
With the arrival of elite talent, the odds of having a championship team increase exponentially. The flipside of that coin is that the bust potential of the team is also increased.
The higher the recruit is rated, the bigger the potential bust. It's a high-risk, high-reward situation, and it has brought hardware to the Capstone twice in the past three years.
The five biggest busts that immediately came to my mind date only a few years back, but they were huge in terms of the expectations placed on them. With just a couple of these guys living up to their potential, there could be even more BCS hardware in Tuscaloosa today (specifically in 2008).
*Stats and record obtained from the Alabama Record Book