Recruiting is paramount. Saban sets aside time every day for assistant coaches to make phone calls, write letters and discuss the country’s best blue-chippers. His system focuses on collecting reliable, exhaustive information on players—not always easy to find when NCAA rules forbid coaches from measuring players’ vertical leaps or timing them in the 40-yard dash.
“He’s incredibly honest in the recruiting process,” said former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, the starter on the 2009 national-title team who now plays for the New York Jets. “He tells kids, ‘Hey, you’re going to come in and redshirt. Look, you’re going to do this. You’re going to do that.’ He tells them exactly what he thinks. I think a lot of people respect that because so much of the recruiting process is an unknown.”
Recruit! Recruit! Recruit! Hit that recruiting trail!!! Best of luck!!!
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