Alabama Football: Why Nick Saban Will Never Be Beaten in SEC Recruiting
Nick Saban has established himself as a man among boys in the world of college football. He started his closing arguments at LSU back in 2003, and he has been arguing his case since 2007 at the Capstone.
So far, he has netted two national championships in three years in Tuscaloosa following a 17-year drought for the Crimson Tide. He took a once-great team back to greatness.
He did it by developing kids with potential into greats destined for the NFL. He has done that so well that Alabama is basically on a three-year cycle instead of the usual four.
Saban has established himself as the gatekeeper to the NFL with eight draftees in 2012, five in 2011 and seven in 2010 (h/t kffl.com). (And those are just the ones from national title contending teams, not the kids he only had two or three years to coach.)
He is a strict perfectionist when it comes to the game of football. He will not only demand perfection on each and every play, he will find a way for you to get it out of yourself in every aspect of your life.
When you leave the Capstone, you're not just prepared for the NFL, you're prepared for life. You are prepared to push yourself to whatever limit you have in order to achieve what it is you want.
The icing on the cake is that if you want the NFL, he's your best shot. Not only from a pure results standpoint, but from a consistency standpoint. Saban produces some of the best draftees entering the NFL every year. (See previous links.)
It's not a fluke, he's done it since 2008 when Alabama went to Atlanta and lost a heartbreaker to Florida. The point is that they were there in the season immediately after Saban's first-year, 7-5 performance that ended in an Independence Bowl win over Colorado. (Not your destination bowl.)
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He will take you around the SEC, beating the tar out of almost every opponent (if not all of them), and you will be in a bowl game. (He hasn't missed one yet.) If history is any indication of the future, then whether you win or lose is going to depend more on your attitude than your physical ability.
If you're starting for the Crimson Tide, you have the physical traits necessary to pull down no less than an SEC title every year. The real test is going to be between your ears.
Saban will not be beaten on the recruiting trail because, simply put, no one else is better. He offers opportunity and nothing more. He offers you a chance to be your best. Opportunity that you can either capitalize upon like Mark Ingram or squander like Duron Carter.
Whether you're the next Julio Jones or Trent Richardson is all up to you. The recruiting classes to help you win a national championship are already in Tuscaloosa. The question is, do you want to be a part of it or do you want to watch it on TV with the rest of the nation?
Which would you choose?
Nick Saban, for the win.
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