Alabama is making a habit out of winning national titles both on and off the field. And their correlation is no secret. The process, as coach Nick Saban often describes it, is in full swing on the Tuscaloosa campus. It starts with laying a foundation.
In other words, it begins with recruiting.
On Wednesday, the defending champion Crimson Tide secured the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the second year in a row, beating out Florida and Ohio State for the distinction of obtaining college football's most talented crop of recruits. Alabama signed a total of 25 prospects to national letters of intent, 18 of which ranked among the ESPN 300.
Alabama is the only school to finish with a top-three class in each of the past six years.