Winning the national championship makes other teams insecure. Doubt that? Then the 2010 recruiting season is proof—Alabama was the target in the living rooms as rival teams tried anything to hurt Alabama.
It was widely discussed during the recruiting season, but Nick Saban made it official at his National Signing Day press conference.
“When a guy commits early to us, my disposition is that all we have become is the target,” Saban said. “Because now every school keeps recruiting him and they know the kid wants to come to Alabama so they are bashing Alabama every day whether it is taking out our depth chart and saying we have too many players at that position.”
But Saban didn’t stop there. He pointed out how specific other team’s can be in their attacks on Alabama.
“I’m amazed at what other schools know about our team,” Alabama’s football coach said. “Because I know nothing about their team, and they know more about our team than I know about our team. They get the depth chart out and they know how good the players are—guys that haven’t even played before, and haven’t even been on the field and haven’t even lettered before…guys that haven’t done anything. It is amazing to me (how convincing this can be.)”
But Alabama does it differently, Saban said.
“We don’t do that. We do not negative recruit,” Saban said. “We have a good product to sell and we try to sell it in a positive way.”
In summary, Alabama is back.
If you doubted that when the Crimson Tide won the SEC, or when Alabama stood atop the football world in Pasadena claiming the national championship, you can stop doubting now. Alabama is king, and desperate rivals want to unseat the Tide from its perch. Alabama fans should enjoy the view. Everyone is looking up.