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Blog: Saban cranks up recruiting machine

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Urban Meyer tries to pick up a recruit by complementing his butt calling it quote a "bubble butt".

Florida assistant Joker Phillips tries to cash in on his name by photo-shopping images of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson depiction of the fictional character from the batman films. Phillips then tweets out the images with the hashtag #COMEPLAYFORTHEJOCKER.

Rich Rodriguez and his coaching staff dressed up like cowboys and made a short film pretending to be the new law of the west. It became even more comical as the coaching staff started drinking beer and smoking cigars in the ole saloon. This might have been the worst recruiting video I've seen.

Meanwhile Nick Saban has walked over to his recruiting machine and pushed it up to full throttle. A recruiting machine might not truly exist, but that's what the Alabama football program has become. Saban installed this machine the day he stepped foot onto the capstone, but it now seems to be running wide open.

Recruiting was easy when Saban arrived in T-Town. Alabama has all the resources and Saban had the history of winning and producing NFL talent. Saban and Alabama also had the cherry on top for high school blue chipper…playing time. So as expected Saban pulled in top class after top class, but experts were quick to say that the Tide's recruiting classes would drop off once the roster became loaded with 5-stars.

We now enter Saban's 7th season and in the past five days Saban has received three big verbal commitments. Saban somehow convinced 5-star quarterback David Cornwell to leave Oklahoma and enter a very very deep quarterback battle to replace AJ McCarron. Over the weekend Saban also pulled 4-star wide receiver Derek Kief out of Ohio (guess Urban did speak highly enough of his butt) to be a part of an already deep wide receiver corp. Saban also got a commitment out of Minnesota center J.C. Hassenauer. In fact Saban has a commitment from players in nine different states.

Here is a full list of Alabama commitments according to

  • Bo Scarbrough -  ATH – Northport, AL –  5 Star   
  • David Cornwell – QB - Norman, OK – 5 Star
  • Kalvaraz Bessent – CB - Kingsland, GA – 4 Star
  • Zach Whitley – LB - Houston, TX – 4 Star
  • Viane Talamaivao – OL - Corona, CA – 4 Star
  • Derek Kief – WR - Cincinnati, OH – 4 Star
  • Stephen Roberts – CB - Opelika, AL – 4 Star
  • Johnny Dwight – DT - Rochelle, GA – 4 Star
  • Shaun Hamilton – LB - Montgomery, AL – 4 Star
  • O.J. Smith – DT - Bossier City, LA – 3 Star
  • Chris Williams – S - Kingsland, GA – 3 Star
  • JC Hassenauer – OL - Saint Paul, MN – 3 Star
  • JK Scott – K - Denver, CO – 3 Star
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