As anticipated, Nick Saban wasn't exactly embracing this recruiting national championship. "I think everybody probably always will say that we really like the guys that we got," Saban said. "We had a good recruiting year. But, again, I think it's hard to make predictions about the guys you recruited today, and where they will be two or three years from now.
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Nine of the past 11 teams to be No. 1 in Rivals.com's recruiting rankings played for the BCS championship within three years, and eight won the title. The only Rivals No. 1 teams not to play for a national title within three years were 2006 USC and 2010 USC.
“We don’t care if you’re better than Ingram, or Richardson, or any other ‘Bama running back. We want to see if you’re better than Cobb[s], or Hill, or Jones, or McFadden. Do it at Fayetteville and give us all a thrill.”
"welp" -- Every college football fan/coach/player, seeing that the Alabama Crimson Tide has the top recruiting class.
For review and more intensive study, the first step I took toward that end was choosing games in which Lacy faced competent run defenses. I didn't want to see him tee off on Florida Atlantic, Western Carolina, or Auburn. So I re-watched Lacy against four top-35 NCAA run defenses, including three that finished in the top 20.
Nick Saban met with the media to discuss the results of Recruiting Day 2013
Alabama signed a total of 25 prospects to national letters of intent, 18 of which ranked among the ESPN 300. Alabama is the only school to finish with a top-three class in each of the past six years.
And it seems the Crimson Tide are getting even stronger. Alabama's final point total in the new Rivals.com rankings formula would surpass each of its previous recruiting titles from 2008 to 2012 if the new formula were applied.
''I think we added fast-twitch pass-rushing athletic guys to the defensive line category as being a higher priority because of more spread offenses, more athletic quarterbacks,'' Saban said. ''The same things that NFL teams are talking about when they play against RGIII or (Colin) Kaepernick or the guy from Seattle (Russell Wilson) who are athletic and run the ball. We have to be able to adapt to that level of athleticism, and that means we have to be more athletic to do that.''
"The papers are not there. I've been told by two different sources that Alex Collins' mom confiscated the papers and took off and ran with them. They are looking for her currently. From what I understand, Alex is not at the school right now, he is looking for his mom. She was quite torn up about him leaving."