Nick Saban has led Alabama to a national championship -- on the recruiting trail.
Recruiting services today showed that signing day pledges from the nation's top-rated receiver, Julio Jones, and linebacker Jerrell Harris vaulted the Crimson Tide's class to the top of the national rankings
The class was a big recruiting coup for Saban, who routinely brought in top groups at LSU. He nabbed 19 of his 32 signees out of a particularly strong in-state crop.
He shored up a thin roster after going 7-6 in his debut season, collecting playmaking receivers, a top quarterback prospect and an impressive group of linemen on both sides of the ball. The Tide also won most head-to-head battles in the state with rival Auburn and mostly kept other schools from poaching the top recruits.
Alabama is hoping Jones and quarterback signee Star Jackson will eventually forge an impressive connection after senior-to-be John Parker Wilson departs.
The class also included two of the nation's top offensive linemen in Tyler Love and Chris Jordan, versatile athlete Burton Scott -- who Saban said has the athleticism to eventually play both offense and defense -- and highly rated defensive tackle Marcel Dareus.