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Spurrier: Nick Saban is ‘greatest recruiter in history of college football’

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The only two SEC teams that finished in the AP Top 10 each of the last three years (AP)

The only two SEC teams that finished in the AP Top 10 each of the last three years (AP)

Steve Spurrier called Nick Saban “the greatest recruiter in the history of college football” at Tuesday’s SEC Media Days.

Spurrier got onto the topic when he was asked about his recent comments that made it appear that Saban had underachieved with great recruiting classes but only won two SEC championships at Alabama. (Note: He wasn’t asked about Saban’s coaching skills).

“I think they’ve done extremely well — There’s no question about that,” Spurrier said on Tuesday. “I just made a statement that I think they’ve had five No. 1 recruiting classes out of the last six years, which has got to make him the greatest recruiter in the history of college football.

“Arguably, they’ve got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team. If the recruiting services are correct, and they’re pretty much correct.

“So they’re the favorites. They’re the favorites. There’s no question about that. As long as they can recruit like that, they’re always going to be the favorites.

“I guess fortunately sometimes the team that plays the best is the team that wins instead of maybe who all has the best players.

“I just mention that because it is amazing. When I was at Florida, we had two No. 1 classes, 1991, Danny Wuerffel, all those guys, we had a bunch of players come in. The next year the guys said, Coach, you got too many players on Florida, I’m not going to get on the field.

“But at Alabama they just keep signing them year after year after year. It’s amazing. I give him credit for it. They do it the right way. He runs a good program. It’s just amazing to me how they’ve been able to stack and keep loading up players every year.

“That’s what I was just trying to mention. They’re going to be the favorites. They got to be the favorites.

“Now LSU is pretty good, too. Everybody else recruits very well also. But to be No. 1 that much, that’s just sort of amazing to me.”

Spurrier also pointed out that Rivals.com has South Carolina ranked No. 2 in the nation for its 2015 class. But guess who is No. 1?

“Somebody I read in the paper the other day, Rivals.com had us second in the nation in recruiting,” he said. “Of course, Alabama is No. 1 … Hopefully, all these guys will stick (with us).”

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