Leaked video shows snippet of Nick Saban's Zoom call with an Alabama recruit
What’s it like to be recruited by Nick Saban? A video leaked to social media appears to offer some insight into how the Alabama coach pushes back on one negative pitch.
YouTube user Peavy Dawg recently posted a video (below) on YouTube titled “Saban talking to recruit on Zoom.” The YouTube post is a screen recording of a tweeted video.
In the clip, which runs 2 minutes 19 seconds, Saban cites Alabama’s impressive run of national championships and players selected in the NFL Draft before pushing back on a common negative recruiting pitch used against the Crimson Tide. Saban notes that some schools will tell prospects they would play elsewhere before they would see the field at UA.
Saban calls the cited negative pitch “insulting,” telling the recruit, “I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you if you couldn’t play here.”
He follows up by telling the prospect that a pitch of “you can play at our place before you play at Alabama” is the other school, “just telling you that Alabama’s better.”
From there, Saban tells the recruit that Alabama players would tell him that the competition made them better, citing examples of Marlon Humphrey, Amari Cooper, Cam Robinson and Jonathan Allen competing daily in practice.