Alabama Football: Nick Saban's 5 Best Recruiting Moves

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Alabama Football: Nick Saban's 5 Best Recruiting Moves
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Nick Saban is one of the greatest recruiters ever. Some would argue that point, but I'll settle that with the following class rankings from ESPN.com:

2008: Alabama ranks No. 3

2009: Alabama ranks No. 2

2010: Alabama ranks No. 3

2011: Alabama ranks No. 2

2012: Alabama ranks No. 1

So, love him or loathe him, Saban is enjoying the top slot as the nation's best recruiter. On top of all that, he is perched atop the coaching heap.

It's one thing to recruit well, it's another issue entirely whether you and your staff can turn all that potential into victory on the field. Saban does that quite well.

Saban has two national championships in the last three years, and he will be gunning for his third at Alabama starting with Michigan in 2012.

So, what's the secret to his success? Well, it isn't a secret at all, really. He offers scholarships at a premier university in the world of college football. The school's history practically sells itself. What DOES Nick Saban do that the coaches at Alabama haven't done since the early '90's? Well, here are some of his best recruiting moves since he arrived at the Capstone in 2007.

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