Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Nick Saban's History of Grooming NFL Players Expertly Used in Recruiting Poster

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Dee Milliner (R) of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Milliner was picked #9 overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMay 17, 2013

Since Nick Saban has been a major college football coach, 111 of his players have been selected in the NFL draft. And if you're a college football recruit on the Alabama's radar, the Crimson Tide are going to let you know about that.

The latest piece of recruiting material circling the web has no crude drawings, handwritten letters or references to "swag." That's not saying those tactics are wrong or ineffective, it's just interesting to note the difference in how Alabama recruits and how others are trying to set themselves apart.

Saban doesn't need any flashy gimmicks or comedy routines. Much like his coaching style, his recruiting tactics are factual, straight to the point and scarily effective.

The argument could be made that Alabama has it's own kind of "swag," and no, it's not "The Drink of Champions." It's the pedigree of championships, and a history of taking players and sending them to the NFL.

Here's the full picture of the recruiting poster, courtesy of Jerry Hinnen of CBSSports.com:

As noted at the bottom, 33 players have gone pro during Saban's time at Alabama, and that includes recent first-round 2013 draft picks Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker. The 2012 NFL draft featured four Alabama players in the first round: Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont'a Hightower (drafthistory.com).

The way the poster depicts all of the NFL jerseys is extremely creative, and not only can you see the jersey numbers, but the player's names as well.

It's also interesting to note the symbolic usage of the NFL shield and Saban's tag line "The process begins here."

For the 111 former NFL draft picks, the process indeed began with choosing Saban as head coach, and one can only imagine that there will be plenty more to follow in their footsteps. 

Some may eventually be current recruits, and it's material like this that helps draw in those elite players.

Simple, effective and perfectly executed—much like Alabama football.

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