Though it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, it’s hard not be impressed with the fact that Nick Saban has hauled in nine 4-star and three 5-star RB recruits since taking over at Alabama in 2007.
And this goes a long way in explaining why the Tide have, on average, ranked No. 27 nationally in rushing yards since 2007 versus a No. 70 ranking in passing yards during the same time frame.
Simply put, at least offensively speaking, Alabama has gotten in done on the ground.
This all means that Saban and Co. have had to be highly successful in not only attracting and signing top-tier RBs, they’ve also had to train them, coach them up and then let them explode on Saturdays in the SEC.
The following slideshow traces the evolution of RBs in the Nick Saban era at Alabama by way of taking a quick look at the 18 rushers signed by the Tide since 2007.
This sweeping analysis spawns two fairly clear trends.
First, a guy has to be patient to become the No. 1 or No. 2 RB at Alabama, an aim that is generally not achieved until the third year of eligibility.
Secondly, the Saban-led recruiting efforts at Alabama continue to raise the bar in terms of hauling in top-rated RB talent as time goes on, almost ridiculously so.
This means that patience will likely be even more of a virtue for the Tide rushers of the future.