Former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley had perhaps the best description of how Alabama recruits under current head coach Nick Saban in the week leading up to the matchup between the two teams in 2012 in Knoxville.
"They draft, we recruit," Dooley said according to AL.com. "And they get the first 25 picks of the draft."
Saban evidently elected to use one of those "draft picks" on Tim Williams, a 6'3", 225-pound weak-side defensive end from LSU's backyard—Baton Rouge, La.
Williams committed to the Crimson Tide over Miami (Fla.), LSU and Florida State.
He's fast, physical, smart and quick off the ball, which will make him a star in the aggressive 3-4 scheme that Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart employ.
So how will Williams fit in the Alabama system?
Bleacher Report's own Andrew Kulha projects that he will slide right into either outside linebacker spot in the 3-4 scheme, mixing in his strong pass rush with his ability to chase down ball-carriers use that speed in coverage at times.
It's yet another indication that Saban is recruiting on an entirely different level than anyone else.
He finds players he wants, even if they're in the backyard of a division rival, and sells his program's ability to be elite at the highest possible level while preparing them for the NFL.
Alabama has finished with the top recruiting class in the country in back-to-back seasons according to Rivals.com, and has nabbed the top spot in the final rankings four times during Saban's six-year tenure in Tuscaloosa.
If the Crimson Tide can close strong with the likes of defensive lineman Dee Liner, linebacker Reuben Foster or offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, it could be looking at a recruiting three-peat.
It's not just the X's and the O's, it's the Jimmys and the Joes. Saban proves this on an annual basis.
After polishing off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game, one of the top questions facing Saban from the media was how long he would take to enjoy the win. Saban continually said that it was 24 or 48 hours, and then it was on to 2013. He even went so far as to say tell ESPN's College GameDay after the game that he's "getting behind in recruiting."
Behind who, exactly?
He seems joyless at times, but Saban enjoys winning. He also recognizes that in order to do that at the highest level, the work can't ever stop.
The "process" produces results.