I’ve decided that I’m going to rewrite Cicero who famously said the sinews of war are limitless moneyâ€”in the revised version, the sinews of a football team are five-star recruits. Going into war without the resources to win it would be folly. It is not a perfect rewrite, but you’ve got to have talent to win football games. It is that simple. It is that important. It would be folly to field a team of sub-par athletes and expect miracles.
On Wednesday the Alabama Crimson Tide landed a Scout.com five-star recruit (four-star by Rivals) when Andalusia linebacker Nico Johnson issued his verbal pledge.
According to media reports, Johnson followed his heart with the decision to play for Alabama.
Alabama now has 14 commitments for the 2009 class. Provided Alabama holds on to recruits like Trent Richardson this will be another stellar class. Nick Saban likes to talk about consistency. Year-to-year it looks to be the most consistent Alabama recruiting effort in memory. A top ten ranking in Saban’s first year, a consensus best class last season and what should be a top 10 or top 5 class in 2009.
Who doubts Saban is worth the money?