Nick Saban on Georgia recruiting success: “Well, I still have a home in Georgia”

This part-time Georgian built the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class by signing 8 Georgians in 2012 (Chick-fil-A)

This part-time Georgian built the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class by signing 8 Georgians in 2012 (Chick-fil-A)

Why does Nick Saban think Alabama has success in recruiting the state of Georgia?

This past season, Alabama won a mythical national championship in the Rivals’ team recruiting rankings with a stellar class that included eight of Georgia’s top prospects.

Why the success? It’s almost like Saban lives in Georgia, a reporter suggested.

“Well, I still have a home in Georgia,” Saban quickly replied at a recent celebrity golf tournament.

The coach lives next door to this stunning mansion on Lake Burton. However, Saban’s place is considered just as nice, and he’s a partial investor in the mansion, according to an Alabama spokesman.

Check out the pictures.

He was joking. But his recruiting in these parts – and across the Southeast – is no joke. The part-time Georgian explained his recruiting success within the state:

“I think we work hard in recruiting and try to have a good program,” Saban said. “We try to help the kids in our program be successful personally, academically, and athletically. There are a lot of good football players over here in Georgia.

“We want to do a good job in a five-hour radius of Tuscaloosa. Atlanta is the great city with the great population, and has a lot of football players in it. There’s good high school football in this state and good academics, too. It has worked out well for us.”

How will Alabama having all those first-rounders in last month’s NFL draft affect its overall recruiting efforts? The Crimson Tide had four drafted in the first round – coming off a BCS championship season.

“I think the fact in ’09 we had 13 guys sign NFL contracts and this year we had 14 [helps],” Saban said. “I think the most important thing we do in our program is we help our players develop personally and academically. We had 38 guys make the SEC Honor Roll last fall, which is one of the highest ever in the conference. We have a high graduation rate, and we have a high level [of winning] on the field. I think our program’s success is about being able to do all three of those things well.”

Alabama is off to a fast start for 2013 with 11 commitments, led by former Troupe High School LB Reuben Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect.

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Greyshirt U.

May 7th, 2012
2:43 am

Why would any Georgia parent send their child across state lines to play for a man who has a documented history of pulling scholarships and cutting kids? Surely Georgia parents will know better than to do this. Won’t they?

Crimson Jake

May 7th, 2012
3:37 am

7576DAWG

May 7th, 2012
3:39 am

If a recruit from Georgia go’s to another state and plays football, unless they win some great award and take up residence in that state after graduation they will never be remembered or talked about. But if these instate recruits stays in Georgia they don’t have to help much for fellow Georgians to recognized they played for one of the colleges in Georgia and will never let them forget our appreciation for them staying home.

CreekWolf

May 7th, 2012
5:29 am

You Alabama folks may as well go ahead and let loose a good dose of the Alabama Shakes and fall down prostrate before the great ONE. Come on Ga folks you may as well learn the Alabama Shakes and pay your proper respect to the MAN as well. you know you want to.

Crimson Crush

May 7th, 2012
5:37 am

@7576

That shows how little you know about Alabama football . Unlike the apparently xenophobic UGA fan base we recognize the sacrifice , effort and hard work it takes to just to be a member of the Tide … no matter WHAT state you come from . :-)

Crimson Crush

May 7th, 2012
5:47 am

And for the recruits who missed it . What 7576 was trying to say in a round about way was … stay in Georgia … play for Jawja and when you bust out after college they will pay you off later with free doughnuts and coffee for life or something .

Trying to put recruits on layaway with no money down and no real promise of success in football either . So UGA ;-)

TennesseeDawg

May 7th, 2012
6:55 am

And the AJC’s love affair with Saban continues.

TennesseeDawg

May 7th, 2012
6:57 am

@crimson crush

Right, hard work and sacrifice, just don’t get hurt or Saban will walk right past you on the way to sign your release papers.

[...] He was joking. But his recruiting in these parts – and across the Southeast – is no joke. The part-time Georgian explained his recruiting success within the state: “I think we work hard in recruiting and try to have a good program,” Saban said. “We try to help the kids in our program be successful personally, academically, and athletically. There are a lot of good football players over here in Georgia. “We want to do a good job in a five-hour radius of Tuscaloosa. Atlanta is the great city with the great population, and has a lot of football players in it. There’s good high school football in this state and good academics, too. It has worked out well for us.” [More] [...]

Walker, Texas Ranger

May 7th, 2012
7:13 am

This is not the house that Saban is referring to. He lives in a house across the lake from the one shown. He bought this house as an investment. The house is stunning though. The one Saban lives in is still one of the larger homes on the lake.

AltamahaDawg

May 7th, 2012
7:14 am

Crimson Crush has a point. The Bama fans had to sacrafice a lot of down years and worked over a bunch of coaches, before they finally bought this one.

BobDawg

May 7th, 2012
7:16 am

…… another retread story on a slow offseason month….Yawn….

RJ

May 7th, 2012
7:21 am

Who are these kids that were cut or had their schollys pulled? Names?

Brown Dog

May 7th, 2012
7:25 am

Home state loyalties vs playing for the Devil? Let’s review.

Better academic performance and higher graduation rates. Check.

Fewer off-the-field problems. Check.

Better winning percentage, including two national championships in three years. Check.

Far better chance of getting drafted. Check

Plenty of Georgia players with whom to carpool. check.

A new crop of Georgia kids who’d “rather laugh with the WINNERS than cry with the saints.”
Check.

Man, hell doesn’t ‘t look half bad.

Crimson Crush

May 7th, 2012
7:27 am

@AltamahaDawg

It isn’t as hard on Tide fans as it is the players . “Down” periods for the Tide are pretty much the same as the production is in “up” periods for the Dawgs . “UP” periods for the Tide are pretty much equal to something the Dawgs have never tasted in their entire history of the program .

If Dawg fans can learn to wallow , bathe and breathe in mediocrity … even celebrate it … Tide fans can take a few “bad” years every now and then by Tide standards . We at least always KNOW there is something to look forward to in the future :-)

valley boy32

May 7th, 2012
7:31 am

well cant blame the man for living in this great state might cant blame him onwhat he’s doing recruiting wise in this state. UGA gotta step it up and dont let up if they want to be in the running with a bama andits also great to know we have the horses to win but the staff at UGA gotta be more strategic!!!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

May 7th, 2012
7:33 am

@brown dog (poop)—and crimson crud—————–tune your satilite dish into the carton network

———————————–this subject is way over your 3rd grade minds———–saban is a little

——————-hitler————–a lair——-thats a gray shirt lair——–maffia style

———————-any georgia kid that buys into the saban-aid——dumb and dumber

—————————–some kids just have a low=-=I.Q

Special K

May 7th, 2012
7:37 am

Keep it up. Love the free advertising Saban and BAMA are getting. The love fest continues. RTR!!!!!!

Crimson Crush

May 7th, 2012
7:59 am

@Brown Dog

“Plenty of Georgia players with whom to carpool”
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LOL 8-)

BAMA BILL

May 7th, 2012
8:00 am

There’s just something about wearing that crimson jersey, { 14 National championships }. RTR!!!!!!!!

kingdaddy

May 7th, 2012
8:09 am

UGA fans need to understand that Coach Saban is a very hard working coach. He’s very well prepared gameday, makes great adjustments to game situations and has a very good staff. Wheather you like him or not, doesn’t take away the facts, he’s successful and Ga. must compete with this man. CMR must work harder and smarter. If the Offensive Line doesn’t excell this year and create holes for our running backs, then Richt must take responsibility for H I S line-coach and OC. It’s not just the linemen as the only piece to this puzzle. If Saban can do it then, Richt has to do it too! I’m not talking about gray-shirting, I’m talking about cooridinating a team better. It’s like an Orchestra, it takes a lot to cooridinate a beautiful piece of music. The same can be said for a great football team. The keyword here is TEAM…

Lakedawg

May 7th, 2012
8:12 am

Yeah I see him occassionally here at the lake and even at hardware store. Always wear my Dawg hat if there is any possibility of seeing him, forces him to try and put a fake smile on, although you can tell it hurts his face to do so.

He does have the bigger house, but I have the faster boat, am 8 inches taller than he is and have a better looking wife.

Can’t blame him for where he wants to live though, any place but Tuscalooser.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 7th, 2012
8:15 am

He can do it, because he is Nick Saban. Saban builds winning programs with a top-tier coaching staff. Why would any kids want to go to Athens and play for a third-rate tanked program, when you can go just a few hours down the road (less from West GA) and play for a national title contender.

When you have 14 national titles, and win, it is easy to recruit. When you lost to Boise (Opener), South Carolina (Spurrier owns you), get drilled by LSU and and choke one to MSU, the answer is simple. Alabama….Roll Tide…

UGA sux

May 7th, 2012
8:16 am

Why would anyone want play for uga? They haven’t won Schitt in over 30 years.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 7th, 2012
8:17 am

@AltamahaDawg

Agree with your comment about going through coaches. Going from Dubose to Shula, then finally landing Saban. Georgia could have been in contention for titles if they had done the same, but Athens chose to remain with Chaplain Richt.

BeggingDawg

May 7th, 2012
8:17 am

Every high school athlete in the state of Georgia please come to the University of Georgia?Please????? Athens is the most wonderful place on earth. Please????? Come be a dawg??????

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 7th, 2012
8:21 am

The biggest problem with UGA is there is far too much focus on recruiting and complacency, and also fear. I am confident that UGA is concerned that there are no coaches who want this program, since Kirby Smart and Muschamp have already said no.

When your former players who are now successful assistant coaches reject their own school, that speaks volumes about a broken program. What is sad is that all of the UGA supporters are hoping for a 9-3 or 8-4 season, while LSU and Alabama are being pressured to run the table.

There is just no championship expecations in Athens, and the clock just keeps on ticking.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 7th, 2012
8:23 am

Why can Saban recruit top-tier players? He wins, plain and simple, and everyone loves a winner.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 7th, 2012
8:26 am

Nice read MC. Just put the facts out and let the folks decide is always the best path. Richt and staff can’t match the staff of Saban …no way Jose! The 1st thing Nick teaches is you can’t beat yourself and that part Mark has failed from the get go with his QB’s. You folks don’t even understand what greyshirtting was about (it’s over with the 25) and the UGA roster shows just that. Any fool on the hill knows you will have 2-3 players leave the program every year for some reason (have since the days of Coach Bryant and Coach Dooley) so the 2-3 extra’s fill in the gaps of the 85. It’s ok for UGA to have players “leave” the program but not any of the other programs! Hypocrites are U. What do you think the chances Cris Carter’s son would be on the filed at UGA! Damn good but not for Nick. You (players) do what you’re supposed to do or you’re out and you don’t get to practice with the team during that time. Keep crying for you do it well and by all means continue to talk folks down to your level.

kingdaddy

May 7th, 2012
8:29 am

LOUISIANA, MONROE—THE BEST TEAM IN THE NATION!!! LOL…Alabama fans have zero class and zero short-term memory…

bubba4dawgs

May 7th, 2012
8:29 am

Who in their right mind wants to live in Alabama?? It’s where the whole south defecated and failed to cover it up! You must give it to Saban though, he knows how to get in the heads of the unsuspecting players in Georgia who have dreams of grandiosity and may even wind up with a gray shirt rather than one with the color of crimson. They know they can’t smoke pot at UGA which dampens their spirits. The answer lies in winning. When and if UGA starts winning consistently and picking up a crystal ball at the end of the season, maybe then you will see some of the elite players give UGA another look. Mediocrity just doesn’t get it! GO DAWGS!!

JB

May 7th, 2012
8:30 am

No one will like this this, but the best of best of Georgia kids are being told if you want to play for a National Championship, come to Bama. I hate it. We all hate it, but that’s what they are being told, and they have 2 titles under Saban to back it up. To some kids, that doesn’t matter, they grew up Dawgs and will become Dawgs, but to some. it does. Until Richt wins one, we will continue to have this problem. Dance around it all you want, but that his message being sold over here. Play for hardware and a ring…..or play for Georgia and get an Outback ring. 11 years and lot of promises.

Double Zero Eight

May 7th, 2012
8:31 am

Saban is the new Spurrier. Most hated coach in the SEC.
I am a Georgia fan. Saban is paid to win games and that he
does. He wins by any means necessary. He is not breaking
any NCAA rules to my knowledge. I wish Richt could be a litle
more competitive as he lacks the “killer instinct”. Georgia has the
talent and players to win the SEC east this year. We have to be
more physical and focused to beat teams like Alabama and LSU,

JB

May 7th, 2012
8:34 am

BUT……..all that said, reading the BS by the Wet Willies of the world who have probably never set foot in Denny Moore Stadium will keep us hating them.

JB

May 7th, 2012
8:37 am

I like Richt but there were all fives all over the league when got an extension because the sleeping giant over here ( sleeping giant is defined as the 5th best D1 talent in the country every year and all the money in the world) will keep sleeping. God help the SEC if we ever had a fire breathing,butt kicking top notch coach. What we have is a great guy.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 7th, 2012
8:40 am

Winning makes recruiting easy, and would you rather play for that crystal trophy or an Alamo Bowl?

DIT

May 7th, 2012
8:42 am

Good grief people. Listen, I don’t care for Saban’s integrity or lack thereof, however the man can flat out coach AND Bama has won the NC 2 out of the past 3 years. That is the biiggest recruiting tool a coach needs. Athletes want to play for a proven winner and let’s face it the cycle is in Bama favor the past couple of years.
I would love to see UGA be in that position, but they are not right now. That’s not to say, with some luck, the have the potential to play for a NC within the next few years. Can’t live off potential though!

kingdaddy

May 7th, 2012
8:43 am

Coach Saban is a great coach. Alabama is a great football team. Most (not all) of the Bama fans on this blog are the worst, most obnoxious, poor-sports in the country…

Real Problem

May 7th, 2012
8:45 am

Give Saban his due….Alabama is winning the hearts of parents with his highly disciplined program.

Just maybe Georgia should WAKE UP …… win the parents and we get the kids. Say what you want, but this has been a huge problem and we will never be the program we should be unless it gets corrected.

BMIOF

May 7th, 2012
8:46 am

ALABAMA FOOTBALL NICK SABAN WINNER
GEORGIA FOOTBALL MARK RICHT GOOD GUY

FL Jacket

May 7th, 2012
8:47 am

Q: Who are the worst CFB fans in the country?

A: Any SEC team’s fans who just won a game…

Stumpknocker

May 7th, 2012
8:47 am

-And you think Rev Richt won’t shove a prior-signed recruit aside if the opportunity arises late in the process to get a prized 5-star????? Wake up and smell the skat… “G O B” politics is still alive and well at Ga….just ask Vince.

DawgPop

May 7th, 2012
8:49 am

I think he does dodo well bc of all the exposure he gets from the AJC.

DawgPop

May 7th, 2012
8:50 am

I think he does so well bc of all the exposure he gets from the AJC.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

May 7th, 2012
8:51 am

Chaplain Richt is running a scam, and everyone is buying into his program. They won’t fire him because he is too nice and they love his prison ministry…..it is hard to fire a preacher that is really doing nothing wrong….or is he?

SECIsFootball

May 7th, 2012
8:51 am

Wow…let the bitterness from UGA fans continues. I understand that it hurts that Saban is pulling some great athletes out of GA and that he is 100x the coach that Mark Richt is, but the hatred for him is impressive and yet sad at the same time. UGA fans wish they had a coach like Saban so you can get though that long stretch of mediocrity!

DawgPop

May 7th, 2012
8:52 am

I remember the early 80’s!

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 7th, 2012
8:53 am

Bottom line: Winning on the field is necessary to get the best recruits. UGA slipped in recruiting because they underachieved on the field. UGA must win the SEC this year to slow Saban down in the state of Georgia.

Atticus

May 7th, 2012
8:55 am

By the way, that is a house he built to sell but he still has his own house he will keep on Burton.

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 7th, 2012
8:56 am

Saban is not 100X better than Richt by a long shot. After UGA beats Bummer this year or whenever they play them next then Richt will be even with Saban. Then the Tide will TURN and Saban will head for TEXAS!