Nick Saban is the godfather of college football recruiting, but he is quickly being unseated this year by upstart Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss. The Rebels coaching staff came to play, and landing stud offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil over Alabama shows they play to win.
One player won’t remove Saban from the top of the SEC recruiting hill, but it does mark a changing landscape that is occurring in the conference. As good as Saban is, he has to be looking over his shoulder a bit as the SEC continues to load up on top coaching talents that love to recruit.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will land their fair share of recruits, but missing on an all-star like Tunsil hurts. The Tide could have used his abilities along the line with three departures occurring after the 2012 season up front.
This class is still strong, but Nick Saban isn’t accustomed to losing signing day decision makers to conference foes. Just last season Saban was able to sway a recruit back to Alabama after he publicly committed to Auburn on national television.
He appears to be losing that edge.
There is a shift that is happening in the SEC on the recruiting trail. Ole Miss is leading the charge from the bottom and could become a major challenger to the Nick Saban dynasty.
Freeze has put together a class that has shocked the country. He already put the SEC on notice last season with his teams surprising rise in his first year in Oxford, and now he is reeling in a ton of talent on the recruiting trail.
Saban and Co. already has to worry about LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in the SEC West, now Ole Miss is rising to the challenge.
Alabama is as talented as any team in the country, but if this continues, there will be four other squads in the same division that will be just as talented. The dynastic run is starting to crumble for the Tide, and it all started with the loss of Tunsil and the rise of Ole Miss on the recruiting trail this year.
The grip on the recruiting world is loosening from the grasp of the once feared leader of the Crimson Tide. Saban is entering uncharted territory and there are a number of teams aiming to take down the top program in the country.
It is time for the fear to kick in for Saban and his crew. If it doesn't, the Tide will be pushed to the side in the next few years.