Alabama Football: 2014 Signees Who Likely Won't See Field Until Junior Season

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Alabama Football: 2014 Signees Who Likely Won't See Field Until Junior Season
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There's a difference between "over-signing" and signing with quality and depth, and Alabama football does the latter.

That is a very good thing for the program, since it almost always ensures one of the best rosters in the country. However, it's often bad for the individual players, who might not see the field as early or in as big of a role as they might have preferred or been able to at another school.

No matter his star level, no recruit becomes an immediate "program changer" in Tuscaloosa, where changing the program would actually be a bad thing. Instead, they become valuable cogs in a machine that preaches patience and repetition before starting games.

Thus, to say an Alabama player won't see the field until his junior year is not an insult.

Au contraire, it is actually a pretty big compliment.

No matter his age, anyone who can play a vital role for Nick Saban's team must be a heck of a football player, as made explicitly clear in the seven seasons since he was hired by the Crimson Tide.

There's no shame in having to wait your turn.

 

Note: All recruiting information via the 247Sports composite.

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