Nick Saban has a big concern about Alabama’s top-ranked recruiting class

Nick Saban’s recruiting class is being universally praised as the best of 2017 – perhaps the best during his tenure with the Crimson Tide – but he is handling the accolades in typical Nick Saban fashion.

In fact, Alabama’s head coach went so far as to point out the program’s biggest “failure” on the recruiting trail this year:

“We obviously try to identify needs that we have each year and I think in this class we sort of hit every spot but one,” Saban told al.com. “We wanted to recruit at least one corner, maybe two. It just worked out that it didn’t happen that way for us.”

When it comes to the grades that immediately get slapped on each program’s class before, during and after Signing Day, Saban insists that he doesn’t pay any attention to them.

“We don’t look at it like that,” Saban told al.com. “I don’t know how we’re rated. I don’t know how many of these guys … where they were rated, how many stars they had. I don’t know anything about that.”

Not surprisingly, Saban did his best to downplay the expectations and excitement, while making a couple of solid points.

“Recruiting, personnel evaluation is not an exact science,” Saban said. “Everyone who stands up here today … if you see a coach that stands up here and says he had a bad recruiting day, let me know.  Everybody’s going to say they had a good day and things went well. They got what they needed. You never have a bad recruiting class and you never have a bad spring practice.”

It was a truly sobering performance by Saban with the media after a truly remarkable recruiting effort. Somehow, we think the Tide will be able to find a way to address the potential weakness in their secondary and persevere.