Alabama Football Recruiting: Tide’s 3 Pitches To 2017 Prospects

    Alabama football recruiting is back at it again. Here are three pitches the Crimson Tide can give to 2017 prospects.

    February 12, 2016

    Three pitches for Alabama football recruiting in 2017.

    The “let’s talk about how amazing Nick Saban is” conversation is one that could last for a long, long time. We all know Saban is the best head coach in college football.

    At this point, it’s no longer subjective. It’s a fact, ladies and gentlemen.

    Alabama has reached new heights under Saban, and the Crimson Tide probably won’t slow down until he decides he’s either bored or unwilling to keep up with the constant grind of being a college coach.

    Saban has five national championships — four with the Tide. And he just continues to stock up on highly-rated prospects each year. He tacked on the nation’s No. 1 class in 2016, and he’ll probably do the same next year.

    Below are three pitches the Tide can make to recruits in the 2017 class.

    1. All We Do Is Win

    Anyone feel like taking a guess at what Saban’s record with Alabama is? It’s 100-18. Yup, he has a winning percentage most coaches could only dream of: 82 percent with ‘Bama.

    He took over a mediocre program in 2007 and has coached it up to become one of the most dominant programs in college football history. The idea used to be how Saban could join Paul “Bear” Bryant in the “greatest coaches” conversation. Now, it’s how much cushion Saban will put between himself and everyone else because he’s clearly taken the lead as the best to ever do it.

    Bottom Line

    The rich get richer. The more Saban wins, the easier it is for him to recruit. Everybody wants to hoist trophies and claim titles. They want to be on the big stage, and Tuscaloosa is the sacred land of college football now. If you want to win, you’re guaranteed to do so at Alabama.

    2. Henry’s Heisman

    With Derrick Henry moving on and taking his talents to the NFL, Alabama will have to cycle in another running back, but Saban can use Henry’s Heisman Trophy as a recruiting tool.

    Before Henry did it this past season, the only other Alabama player to win the award was Mark Ingram. Saban coached both of them, and that also means he’s produced two Heisman-winning running backs in six years. That’s pretty impressive.

    Bottom Line

    The Tide can sell running back recruits on being the next Ingram or Henry. They can be the next Eddie Lacy or T.J. Yeldon. Alabama has running backs all over the NFL, but the Heisman winners are the big fish Saban can use to reel in future backs. It’s also a tool to help land offensive linemen because they know they’ll have the best of the best running behind them.

    3. Dominating Defense

    Here’s the problem: Kirby Smart is now the competition. The Alabama defense has been a staple of college football for years, and now one of the puppet masters has gone rogue with his own show.

    Saban brought in Jeremy Pruitt, who helped Georgia produce a top-10 defense last year, so he’ll have to begin pitching defensive recruits on the idea there won’t be any drop off from Smart to Pruitt.

    Bottom Line

    Pruitt is an excellent defensive coordinator and a solid recruiter. Saban can sell these kids on the idea of playing under Pruitt, but with Kirby there was a history there. Alabama can pitch the idea that Smart was merely the fishing rod and not the fisherman as it looks to reel in more stud defenders.

    MORE: 3 Things To Know About Alabama’s 2016 Recruiting Class


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