Alabama Completes Another #1 Recruiting Class in 2015
More and more college football analysts have become vocal about Alabama's dynasty coming to an end, but Nick Saban proves once again that his program has never been healthier.
The University of Alabama capped off another top-ranked recruiting class on National Signing Day, which makes it an unprecedented five in a row. The 2015 Crimson Tide's 2015 signing class held on to the top spot ahead of USC and Florida State, showing the nation that Nick Saban is still the best in the business.
CBS Sports recruiting expert Tom Lemming has been in the business for nearly four decades, and he's never seen a run like this one in Tuscaloosa.
“Nick Saban is the best I’ve ever seen.” Tom Lemming told The Game on the eve of Signing Day. “In 36 years of covering recruiting, there is no one better than Nick Saban in recruiting and coaching.
"I thought Pete (Carroll) might have been the best I'd ever seen until Nick Saban put this unbelievable streak together."
Although the different recruiting services have varying opinions and rankings, Alabama has been head and shoulders above every other college football program over the past five years. 247Sports ranked Saban's class #1 for the fifth straight year while ESPN has the streak at four years (the Worldwide Leader had Alabama 2nd in 2011). A late push from USC kept Rivals from crowning Alabama recruiting champs for the 7th time in 8 years.
The most impressive aspect of Alabama's streak would be that Saban and his coaching staff has continued to convince the best players in the country to join the program despite the roster already chock-full of blue chips athletes. Just think about this for a second. One Alabama returns to the practice field in the fall, every single player in a crimson jersey will have been a member of a #1 recruiting class based on 247Sports rankings.
Lemming explained why these players continue to buy into Saban and his program.
"It's not only recruiting, it's coaching. I think the players have a lot of faith in Nick Saban's ability to coach and then his recruiting and his work ethic is second to none."
The Alabama coaching staff has already turned its focus towards the 2016 class, which sits at just three recruits. However, two of those are top 50 players in the country. That signals the start of another February at the top.