Players explain Saban's in home recruiting pitch
- by Doug Samuels 2016 years ago
Every coach and university has their own recruiting pitch when they sit down in front of a family during an in house visit. Most of those pitches consist of coaches telling the recruit how much they need to have him as a part of their team, and how much they'll be able to contribute.
That isn't the case when Nick Saban sits down in a living room. Saban lays out his plan and tells recruits "We're going to win with or without you." Last year, Julio Jones explained hearing that same pitch in his living room during a visit from Saban.
The approach is so honest and different that it works. Recruits really connect with the honesty, and one player compared the unique approach to dating.
"Begging is what everyone does, so that's different. I guess it's like dating. You want the woman that does something different." former four star prospect Damion Square explained, who had countless other offers on the table when he decided to go to Alabama.
More players weigh in on their living room experience with Saban in a 'BamaMag.com article, including how Saban's infamous "process" played a role in their decision as well. The article provides a lot of good insight into the methods of one of the top closers in the country.
After today, those stars that once signified a players ranking no longer carry any weight. Freshman are freshman, and the more stars a player had just signifies how much more humble he has to get when he gets to campus.
As Square explains, "We have a facility of five-star guys. So when you come in you better humble yourself."
We have a feeling humility is a large part of the pitch as well.