Recruiting, the Saban Way

Here’s an interesting Jamie Newberg article about how the method Saban follows for recruiting is influencing others in the coaching ranks.  Tucked in there is this innocuous sounding paragraph:

… Belichick, Bill Parcells and other player pro directors all influenced Saban and his recruiting approach. It’s a five-phase process that first begins with identifying needs of your current personnel based on attrition two to three years down the line out of a five-year player cycle.

Ah, identifying that ol’ debbil attrition.  Sounds a lot more passive than ruthless, doesn’t it?

“I don’t have time for that shit” happens, I guess.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting

12 responses to “Recruiting, the Saban Way

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Nick doesn’t give a sh*t what we think A’IGHT!! (fun begins at 1:47)


  2. CityDawg

    Second, Saban sets a standard at each position, identifying key characteristics within each position with the offensive and defensive systems that he runs. Each prospect who is recruited, depending on the position, has to meet certain measurables (height, weight, speed, etc.), among other criteria. Rarely will Saban deviate.

    On one hand, after seeing all the position changes over the last 2 years, I wonder why Georgia’s not doing more of this type of recruiting analysis. On the other hand, Saban has a gift for taking all the fun out of football.


  3. ScoutDawg

    One more classic post for you, Sir Bluto. Well played sir.


  4. ScoutDawg

    Who else thinks Nick Satan in that picture looks like Kevin Bacon at the end of “Our Movie” trying to stop the rioting hordes. ” All is wellllll”.


  5. ScoutDawg

    I think it was Kevin Bacon.


  6. Do you think his ring is somewhere on EBAY???? LOL


  7. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The sixth phase is when Saban punts you down the road if you do not fulfill his expectations to make room for someone he got by oversigning.


  8. Bad M

    “I’ll f>## that (player). I’ll f>## that (player). I’ll f@## anything that MOVES!!!”


  9. Scorpio Jones, III

    So, I guess Saban would have known about Willie Williams even though Newberg did not.


  10. Don’t mind me, just passing on through. Grumble grumble, oversigning, grumble.


  11. Meg

    Well, if the players are just a bunch of measurables, then that would certainly explain why he has such as easy time booting them to the door when the numbers don’t add up to expected onfield excellence.