Nick Saban is known for developing players and sending them on their way to NFL stardom. He can see what most coaches tend to overlook when hand-picking a recruit.
It doesn't matter how many stars Alabama has. To Saban, it's all about the poise and character, the fundamentals and work ethic, the will to listen and learn and the hunger to become a better player and person. If they have even the slightest spark of potential talent and carry the traits he's looking for, he wants them.
Javier Arenas, Greg McElroy, Mark Ingram, Kareem Jackson, Marquis Maze, Josh Chapman, William Vlachos, Robert Lester.
What do all of these great players have in common? They were all three-star ranks by Scout.com—flying under the radar enough for Saban to swoop in and escort them safely back to the Crimson Tide runway.
Let's take a look at the current players flying under the radar that have shown that spark of what they're capable of.