Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is one of the best in the business. Anyone who disagrees is either insanely ignorant or doesn’t pay attention to college football at all. The 68-year-old legend is always working to make his teams great, especially on the recruiting trail.
Alabama football’s 2020 recruiting class is something special. It boasts four five-star prospects, 17 four-star recruits, four three-star players, and a graduate transfer. The SEC powerhouse in Tuscaloosa absolutely loaded up with elite talent once again.
Although the Tide don’t have the nation’s best recruiting class—that title belongs to the Georgia Bulldogs—Saban filled this recruiting class with NFL potential, and it’s a group all fans should be excited to watch at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the years to come.
With the vast majority of the class signing their National Letter of Intent during the Early Signing Period, Alabama could only sign three prospects — wide receiver Javon Baker, defensive lineman Jamil Burroughs and offensive tackle Demieon George — on National Signing Day.
Saban was happy about the class during his press conference, but definitely not thrilled with answering a question talking about his not-so-busy day.
Nick Saban Snaps at Reporter’s Question
In college football, every team is allowed to sign 25 players each year. That’s the max and there are no exceptions. Naturally, it was going to be a quieter day for Alabama with so much Early Signing Period success, and for whatever reason, a question about not being busy set Nick Saban off.
Unfortunately for the reporter, Saban snapped back pretty good.
“Do you guys take math? Do you have math class? Did you learn how to add when you did have math class, like 22 and three make 25? Is that what we expected? Yeah, we could only sign three guys, that’s what we expected, based on math.
“It was a very busy day because the calendar has moved up. So I spend my whole day today and we spend our whole day today really on next year’s recruiting. Does that make sense? I think I talked to 22 guys today and I think I talked to 14 guys yesterday. So it was very busy.
“In fact, by the end of the day today I was stuttering on the phone and having a tough time speaking clearly. So that’s how busy it was.”
The moral of the story? Don’t ever question Nick Saban’s busy schedule.
Alabama Football 2020 Recruiting Class
From the nation’s best high school quarterback to offensive line to defensive line and the secondary, Alabama signed a great mix to bolster the roster next season. In fact, 13 of those signees are already enrolled in classes, according to 247Sports.
Here is a the breakdown of the class by position.
5-Star Bryce Young, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
Running Back (3)
4-Star Jase McClellan, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
4-Star Roydell Williams, Hueytown (Hueytown, Alabama)
3-Star Kyle Edwards, Destrehan (Destrehan, Louisiana)
Wide Receiver (3)
4-Star Thaiu Jones-Bell, Miami Carol City (Opa Locka, Florida)
4-Star Traeshon Holden, Narboone (Harbor City, California)
4-Star Javon Baker, McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia)
Tight End (1)
3-Star Caden Clark, Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio)
5-Star Drew Sanders, Ryan (Denton, Texas)
4-Star Kristian Story, Lanett (Lanett, Alabama)
Offensive Line (3)
4-Star OT Javion Cohen, Central (Phenix City, Alabama)
3-Star OC Seth McLaughlin, Buford (Buford, Georgia)
3-Star OT Damieon George, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
Defensive Line (5)
5-Star WDE Will Anderson, Dutchtown (Hampton, Georgia)
5-Star WDE Chris Braswell, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)
4-Star DT Timothy Smith, Sebastian River (Sebastian, Florida)
4-Star DT Jah-Marien Latham, Pickens County (Reform, Alabama)
4-Star DT Jamil Burroughs, McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia)
4-Star Demouy Kennedy, Theodore (Theodore, Alabama)
4-Star Jackson Bratton, Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
4-Star Quandarrius Robinson, Jackson-Olin (Birmingham, Alabama)
Defensive Back (2)
4-Star Jahquez Robinson, Sandalwood (Jacksonville, Florida)
4-Star Ronald Williams, Hutchinson CC (Hutchinson, Kansas)
4-Star Brian Branch, Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Georgia)
4-Star Malachi Moore, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Alabama)
To compete in the SEC West with the likes of Auburn, LSU, and Texas A&M, or reach the College Football Playoff against the Clemson Tigers, a roster full of great players is needed.
It’s safe to say Nick Saban has accomplished that yet again.
This post was originally published on February 6, 2020.