, 2022-12-03 19:44:11
Nick Saban is not in Atlanta for the SEC Football Championship Game this weekend. Instead, he is driving recruits in a rental car and doesn’t look thrilled to be doing so.
Alabama, after beginning the season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, lost twice in 2022, to Tennessee and LSU. As a result, the two-loss Crimson Tide did not win the SEC West for just the third time in nine years and sit firmly on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff.
Where Saban is accustomed to coaching for a conference championship on the first Saturday in December, he is not. The 71-year-old is back in Tuscaloosa trying to lock down talent for the future so this “down year” does not become a recurring trend.
With Early Signing Day lurking around the corner, coaches across the country who aren’t playing for a conference title are recruiting. Some of them hopped on private jets and flew from state to state meeting with families, players and high school coaches, while others brought the recruiting trail to them.
Nick Saban is the latter.
Alabama is hosting a group of top recruits for official and unofficial visits this weekend. Among them is Yhonzae Pierre, a four-star linebacker commit from the Yellowhammer State.
In recent years, recruiting has become an even bigger production than ever before. Programs spend a lot of money on visit weekends and image plays a large role.
What team can do it bigger, better and flashier?
Part of that push toward…
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