Julio Jones: 5-star - No. 1 player in Alabama (2008)
The fourth-ranked player in the country in 2008committed to Alabama on signing day over Florida, FSU and Oklahoma. Jones was the first truly elite player to buy in to Saban's program at Alabama. In his three seasons in Tuscaloosa, Jones caught 179 passes for 2653 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jones left early for the NFL, eventually selected No. 6 overall in the 2011 NFL draft.
Tennessee's No.1 prospect in 2008, Jones would come in to anchor the offensive line for Saban's power run scheme. Jones started at guard for all 14 games for Alabama's 2009 national championship season. Barrett shifted to tackle in 2011 and won the Outland Trophy for another national-championship team. In 2012, he played center for a third title team.
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Courtney Upshaw: 4-star - No. 9 player in Alabama (2008)
While he didn't start until his junior year, Upshaw made an appearance in every single game during his four-year Alabama career. In the 2010 national championship game, Upshaw recoverd a fumble and had a sack that sealed the game. Upshaw turned out to be a nightmare for offenses in his final two years, racking up 35.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. His career ended with a BCS National Championship MVP trophy.
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Dont'a Hightower: 4-star - No. 3 player in Alabama (2008)
The four-star Hightower started as a true freshman for Saban's 2008 team and played well enough to earn a starting role in 2009 before tearing his ACL. Dont'a bounced back strong, finishing his career with 27 starts in a row. Hightower left Bama with 235 career tackles and 21 tackles for loss.
Dre Kirkpatrick: 5-star - No. 1 cornerback (2009)
Dre announced during a nationally televised press conference on signing day. Only a situational player his first year on campus, Kirkpatrick developed into a shutdown corner by the time his three-year career was finished. Twice named All-SEC, he finished his career with two BCS national championships. Kirkpatrick was selected 17th overall by Cincinnati in the 2012 NFL draft.
A.J. McCarron: 4-star - No. 7 quarterback (2009)
Saban's best college quarterback to date, McCarron finished his Alabama career as the Tide's all-time leader in passing yards (9,019) and had a 77-15 touchdown-interception ratio. In games McCarron started, the Tide had an astounding 36-4 record along with two BCS National Championships. If not for the infamous Kick-Six, McCarron might have a third title under his belt.
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Trent Richardson: 5-star - No. 2 running back (2009)
One of the nation's most sought-after prospects, Richardson had his choice of prestigious programs when he elected to come to Alabama. Despite only starting one season, Richardson finished his career with 3,130 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground. Richardson was twice named All-SEC, won two national titles and the 2011 Doak Walker Award winner. Trent was selected No. 3 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2012.
C.J. Mosley: 4-star - No. 2 player in Alabama (2010)
Following his senior season, Mosley chose to play for Saban during the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Mosley would make an immediate impact for the Tide as he started his freshman season and made the Freshman All-American team. Following an injury-plagued sophomore season, Mosely was named All-American during two national championship seasons. C.J. won the Butkus Award, SEC Defensive POY and the BCS Championship Game MVP in 2013.
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Cyrus Kouandjio: 5-star - No. 1 offensive tackle (2011)
Kouandjio had one of the most dramatic signing days in recent history. After committing to Auburn on live televison, Cyrus sent his LOI to the Tide three days later. Kouandjio was an immediate starter at left tackle his freshman season and would soon become an unstoppable run blocker in Saban's run-heavy scheme. The Tide literally ran Notre Dame over in the 2013 BCS title game, thanks in large part to Kouandjio.
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T.J. Yeldon: 5-star - No. 2 running back (2012)
Yeldon was another top prospect that signed with the Tide after initially committing to Auburn. Despite splitting carries during his tenure, Yeldon finished his Alabama career with 3,322 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in only three seasons. Yeldon helped bring the Tide wins in two SEC Championships and one BCS Championship.
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Amari Cooper: 4-star - No. 6 wide receiver (2011)
Cooper will leave Alabama as the most accomplished receiver in program history, despite only playing in three seasons. Amari now owns Tide records for receptions (229), receiving yards (3,463) and receiving touchdowns (31). Cooper was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, as well as the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award. It may be quite some time before we see another receiver of his caliber at Alabama.