The best offenses and defenses in football often are tagged with nicknames that fit. It remains to be seen how good Alabama’s defense might be in 2016, but if the Crimson Tide plays to its potential, one perfect option might be The 5-stars.
Josh Chatham over at SB Nation’s Roll Bama Roll site published a story Saturday detailing how coach Nick Saban has been so successful on the recruiting trail in recent years that he could conceivably field a defense this fall comprised completely of 5-star recruits. Of course, that doesn’t mean the defense will end up with those players in starting roles. They’ll have to earn it.
— Joshua Chatham (@RBR_Josh) July 16, 2016
Yep, that’s mind-boggling.
Frankly, first-year Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has to be feeling at least a little pressure to have his group playing well when the season starts against USC on Sept. 3. He also has to be pinching himself to have this kind of talent at his disposal.
Here is a portion of Chatham’s piece detailing facts every other college football coach in the nation is envious of when it comes to looking at Alabama’s roster:
To put this in perspective, in a typical year somewhere between 25 and 35 recruits are rated five-stars by the 247 composite. That’s 30-odd players, including both offense and defense, to go around for the entire country. In the last four recruiting cycles, Alabama has landed 20 of them, meaning that Saban and crew are hogging around 15-20% of the premium recruits.
It’s no wonder Alabama is competing for the national title year in and year out. Recruiting like this is extraordinary. When the Saban era in Alabama eventually ends — and who knows when that might be? — we might not see a run of recruiting success like this again.