Nick Saban has created a dynasty with the Alabama Crimson Tide, and it won't be going away anytime soon.
After humiliating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win their third BCS Championship Game in four seasons, the Tide have put themselves on a podium above every other team in college football, and recruits know it.
Nick Saban's recruiting pitch just got that much better after he brought yet another championship to Tuscaloosa. While it won't help much in the Class of 2013 except for bringing in a few recruits who were on the fence, the real benefits will come in the Class of 2014.
The Class of 2013 has been picked relatively clean at this point (and Alabama has another Top 10 group according to 247 Sports), but the Class of 2014 is wide open.
Former Alabama defensive lineman and No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Marcell Dareus, tells us exactly what brought him to Alabama (per USA Today).
The thing that coach Saban and coach (Kevin) Steele told me, they told me three things to get me to come to 'Bama. They said, 'I promise you we're going to win, I promise you you'll get your degree, I promise you you will become a better man than when you came in.'
When they told me that, that was all I needed to hear. And I'm trying to get my degree, coming back to school. We won. And I'm a way better man than when I came.
With yet another title this recruiting pitch is bolstered even more. Few coaches in history could ever say that they had won three titles in four years, and Saban is the only one who can say he did it during the BCS era.
Knowing that you're going to be there for at least two years makes winning the biggest factor for a lot of recruits. Whereas in basketball you might only go for one year and your top priority should be improving your draft stock, in football the elite recruits want to get onto the national stage and prove they can succeed there.
'Bama is the best place to do that.
The Crimson Tide are always among the nation's best teams. With Saban taking talented players and making a disciplined football team, Alabama is always able to compete in—and often times win—the fabled SEC.
Now that Saban has arguably the greatest pitch about winning in history, the promise of a degree, and the guarantee that players will be better after learning from him, it's going to be hard for anyone to say no to him.
Look for Alabama to bring in a Class of 2014 recruiting class that could rival its legendary 2008 class.