The Alabama Crimson Tide's claim as the top college football team in the United States took yet more backing as National Signing Day passed by and Alabama boasted the top recruiting class according to ESPN class rankings for the third year in a row.
Nick Saban, the head coach of the Crimson Tide continues his stronghold on recruitment in college football and yet again demonstrates the powerhouse that he has built in Tuscaloosa.
Every college football head coach signifies the importance of recruitment for their programme, but none quite like Saban, who since 2008 has not constructed a class ranked lower than third in the ESPN class rankings.
Alabama received a surprising amount of early recruitments this season, this built the platform for a strong recruitment class and allowed Saban and his team to pursue other high school prospects more diligently whilst approaching National Signing Day.
Saban spoke of the system in place, saying: "I think the way recruiting is set up now is guys make decisions early, which is helpful.
"Most of the guys know what they're going to do today, which is also helpful to us - being able to manage the numbers and get the best players."
Not only did Alabama stand victorious on signing day but the SEC (South Eastern Conference) continued its dominance as it proclaimed seven programmes in the top 10 recruiting classes in the country.
Strong statements made by the SEC, as programmes begin to develop squads ready to challenge National Champions Florida State Seminoles of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) in the following season of college football.
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