TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It's in the midst of a dynasty, perhaps the greatest college football has ever seen, and Nick Saban is already staking his claim as the sport's most successful coach. But the University of Alabama football program hit another new high Wednesday on national signing day.
It wasn't Saban being able to claim his sixth straight recruiting title, per the 247Sports composite team rankings, although that unprecedented accomplishment is beyond impressive. Rather, with the addition of three more consensus 5-star prospects, plus 14 4-star players, the 2016 team appears to be unparalleled when it comes to talent, at least on paper.
Heading into spring practices Alabama's roster features 19 players who were considered consensus 5-star recruits, in addition to 49 4-star prospects. Combined, that's just under 80 percent of the entire team.
It also means that of the 34 5-star players whom Saban has landed for Alabama since 2008, a remarkable number magnified by there having been very few busts, more than half are currently on the Crimson Tide.