Alabama Football Recruiting: Top-5 Class Another Reason Nick Saban Should Stay

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the Discover BCS National Championship Press Conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott on January 8, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If you were Nick Saban, why would you ever leave Tuscaloosa?

You just led Alabama to a third national championship in four years. You make a ton of money and have total control over the Crimson Tide program. And, oh yeah, you're going to bring in another top-five recruiting class this season, possibly the best one in the country once more.

Again, why leave?

As is the case most years and certainly will be every year in the future, Saban's name has been bounced around when the topic of vacant head-coaching jobs in the NFL is raised. But with the country's best program established and top athletes consistently pledging themselves to play for him, it's hard to imagine Saban leaving.

Consider this year's class. ESPN has it ranked as the second-best class at the moment. has it at No. 4. 247 Sports has it ranked as the top class overall.

Oh, and the Tide could still land 5-star tackle Laremy Tunsil, the top player at his position. Honestly, it's not fair at this point.

And there's no reason to think Alabama's recruiting will take a hit anytime soon. The Crimson Tide factory should continue to pump out talented teams for the next five years.

Look, I totally understand the allure of the NFL. It's the summit of the coaching mountain, the chance for men to compete against the brightest minds in the game today. And seeing as Saban spent a short and less than memorable stint in the NFL, he still has plenty to prove there if he does return someday.

And yes, I do think Saban will return. Someday.

But why leave now? He's a made man in Alabama for life, he's got no shortage of talented players funneling into his system and college kids are still buying into Saban's way of doing things. Nothing has gotten stale. He owns the college game, and we haven't even heard whispers of any sanctions yet.

At some point, success can become boring, or so I've been told. You always want to have new challenges in life. And even if Saban keeps winning SEC titles or national championships, the challenge of the NFL will one day convince him to give it another shot.

But not yet. For now, Saban should enjoy sitting atop his throne. He should keep filling his program full of premier athletes. He should do things his way while it's still reaching the kids coming through his program each year.

He's got a good thing going. Enjoy it, Nick—the NFL will always be there. But I promise you, it's not going to get any better than you have it now.

Just take a look at a few of the athletes from your latest top-five class. If that isn't proof of the empire you've built, I don't know what is.


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