Nick Saban won his 4th national title, his 3rd in 4 years on Monday night. Many across the nation are trying to figure out how Nick Saban does it? I won’t say generic words like “Toughness” or “Will to Win” because I think every college football program wants to win and not be viewed soft. So how does he do it?
The notion of oversigning isn’t a novel concept in college football, even ESPN did a Outside The Lines story on oversigning in the SEC. But can you argue against success? Nick Saban signed 103 recruits in the last 4 classes according to Rivals.com. Not egregious, but one of the things he does make sure is that he has at least 20 commitments in each class. Right now, Texas has 13 commitments and hasn’t had a commitment in the 2013 class since June 2012. What Nick Saban does is he doesn’t accept mediocrity in his program. In his program changing class of 2008, he signed 32 players. Don’ta Hightower, Mark Ingram, Mark Barron, Julio Jones and Barrett Jones were apart of that class. If a player isn’t cutting it, they aren’t a part of the program and they bring in someone new. That might not be the most moral thing to do but he holds people accountable in his program.
2. He recruits really good offensive lineman.
Barrett Jones was a 4 star recruit out of high school. Cyrus Kouandjio was a 4 star as well. DJ Fluker, the man holding down the right tackle position was a 5 star recruit. Nick Saban gets offensive lineman that makes holes and protects the quarterback. Now he has recruited some busts on the offensive line like Tyler Love who ended up doing nothing at Alabama. He not only gets good offensive lineman, but he develops them.
Fun Fact: Texas hasn’t had an offensive lineman drafted since 2008.
These two qualities are what separates the Nick Saban from the rest of the pack. Winning a championship is a 365 day process and Saban has perfected that. Everyone in college football can learn from that.