Sunday, January 21, 2007  
Recruiting....and more recruiting...
According to Josh Cooper at the Colombus Ledger-Enquirer, Nick Fanuzzi is considering the Tide more because they hired Major Applewhite. Makes sense because Fanuzzi is from San Antonio.

I'm sure that a lot of people won't like Saban's recent visits with some of the LSU commitments, but I thought it was awesome. He flat out told them "there is no way that the coaching staff at LSU can compare to the coaching staff we have at Alabama right now. He gave no credit to anyone." The family members said "Saban took credit for LSU's 22-4 record since he left, saying it was done with players he brought to Baton Rouge." One of the fathers said he felt Saban was overconfident...which is something that I fully expect out of an Alabama coach. Saban knows we can win, and that we WILL win. The game against LSU in November is going to be insanely fun. Haha.

Scout.com's Scott Kennedy says that Saban's impact on this year's recruiting class will be minimal. His biggest goal will be to make sure he can hold on to the commitments he's got. I think that's crap, because if he lands a few of these 5 stars that seem to be reallly interested, and then caps it off by landing McKnight, it will be a top 10 class, when we were steady around number 20 to 25.

Joe McKnight ain't Reggie Bush. But he's close. This article goes into detail about the kid's life and how people are recruiting him, etc.

Nick Gentry, defensive lineman from Prattville, talked with the Montgomery Advertiser about Coach Saban's recent visit with him. Saban flat out told him "he wasn't going to redshirt me so don't expect it. That was a big plus for me because I didn't want to redshirt, I wanted to go in and show my thing and try to start. I really didn't get to do that my senior year (at Prattville) because of injuries. He got into the academics -- coach (Mike) Shula and them really didn't talk much about academics. He told us he expected us to get a degree more than he expected us to go into pro ball and that's a big plus for me because that's what I want to do." "I was relaxed with some of the (former) coaches," Gentry said, "but coach Saban came in with his staff and they seem like they know what they're doing. If that's what it takes to get a championship, I'm glad they did get the change."
 

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