Published February 4, 2011 - 5:35pm
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In the world of college football recruiting there are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired. The pursued represents the nation’s best high school football players. The pursuing, busy, and tired represents Nick Saban and the Alabama staff. Nick Saban has made quite the career out of his tireless efforts on the recruiting trail. Depending on your point of view Saban is Napoleon, Nick Satan, or the second coming of Bear Bryant. You may question his methods in recruiting, but no one can question his results. Love him or hate him, Nick Saban produces on the recruiting trail and on the field.
So how does Nick Saban get it done at Alabama in the post Logan Young era? Well, Saban says he keeps his focus on the process, not the results. Resting on your laurels in college football puts you on the fast track for a lovely trip to Memphis for New Years Eve, or maybe the occasional trip to the Eat More Chicken Bowl. That’s why Saban doesn’t stop to enjoy his victories, he just presses forward to the next challenge. Focus on the process: recruiting, developing and coaching the best athletes in the country. For Saban, the process continues to produce results. The latest result is a fourth straight top 5 recruiting class for the Crimson Tide.
Once again, the class of 2011 is comprised only of blue-chip recruits. The Tide landed two 5 star recruits and fourteen 4 star recruits. There remains a possibility that Alabama could sign one or two more 5 star prospects, Jadeveon Clowney and Cyrus Kouandjio. Despite an enviable amount of starters returning from the 2010 campaign, the Tide signed several players who have a chance to make an immediate impact next fall. Here is a breakdown of the 2011 signing class.
Demetrius Hart, RB, Orlando, FL: The 5 Star running back possesses great agility, elusiveness and field vision. He has the potential to get a lot of carries behind Trent Richardson next fall.
Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Asheville, NC: It seems Pagan was committed to everyone over the last several months. The former Florida Gators and Clemson Tigers commitment surprised everyone on signing day by inking with the Crimson Tide.
Jabriel Washington, DB, Jackson, TN: The small but shifty athlete sported a who’s who offer list from top programs all over the country, but somehow has been overlooked by fans and media alike. Look for Washington to become a playmaker for the Tide in the near future.
Mock Depth Chart using 2011 Signees Only
- QB: Phillip Ely, Tampa, FL
- RB: Demetrius Hart, Orlando, FL: 5 star
- OL: Aaron Douglas, Yuma, AZ: 4 star
- OL: Ryan Kelly, West Chester, OH
- OL: Isaac Luatua, La Mirada, CA
- TE: Malcolm Faciane, Picayune, MS: 4 star
- WR: Marvin Shinn, Prichard, AL: 4 star
- WR: Bradley Sylve, Port Sulphur, LA: 4 star
- WR: Danny Woodson, Mobile, AL: 4 star
- DE: Quinton Dial, Scooba, MS: 4 star
- DE: Xzavier Dickson, Griffin, GA: 4 star
- DT: LaMichael Fanning, Hamilton, GA: 4 star
- LB: Brent Calloway, Russellville, AL: 4 star
- LB: Trey DePriest, Springfield, OH: 4 star
- LB: Vinnie Sunseri, Tuscaloosa, AL
- DB: Hasean Clinton-Dix, Orlando, FL: 5 star
- DB: Chris Jones, Adamsville, AL: 4 star
- DB: Jabriel Washington, Jackson, TN
- DE: Jeoffrey Pagan, Asheville, NC: 4 star
- DE: D.J. Pettway, Pensacola, FL: 4 star
- DT: Jesse Williams, Yuma, AZ: 4 star
*Note: the signees spot on the depth chart is not indicative of who the better prospects are. This depth chart was simply made for the purposes of seeing how the class was balanced position by position. Some positions on the depth chart are left open because there were not enough recruits to fill those spots. Others, like DL had excess recruits