Found April 27, 2013 on
Even though Alabama head coach Nick Saban has his pick of defensive line recruits coming out of high school, he’s found some good bargains from the junior college ranks. Of course, All-American Terrence “Mount” Cody is the most well-known example, as he helped the Tide win their first BCS title under Saban in 2009. But in Dial and teammate Jesse Williams, Saban brought in two quality players from the JUCO ranks that helped him win BCS title number two in 2011. Dial’s not going to be graded as highly as Williams by NFL scouts, but his size and potential as a reserve defensive lineman in a 3-4 or 4-3 system could get him drafted.
Dial planned on attending Alabama after being named one of the Yellowhammer State’s best high school players in 2008 (eight sacks as a senior). Academics forced him to go to East Mississippi Community College at first, where he played for two seasons. Despite being recruited by other schools after his JUCO career, he came back to the Tide f...
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As players paraded up to the stage at this week's NFL draft, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rattled off the same schools that fans have grown accustomed to hearing every year – Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and the like. These power programs bring in the best talent from the high school ranks ever year, so it makes sense that they're sending the most players...
Trent Baalke continued to add potential depth to the team's front seven by taking the Crimson Tide's Quinton Dial with the 24th pick in the fifth round.
Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall was the site of a three-day Alabama centric televised infomercial, also known as the NFL Draft. Nick Saban has created a holy trinity worthy of religious genuflection by the Alabama faithful. He attracts top tier prep talent, wins BCS National Championships, and has a developmental system producing NFL caliber prospects highly coveted by the league.
They may need to build a second statue in Tuscaloosa with the way things are going for Nick Saban. It may be easy to simply say that Alabama’s head coach is simply living off the prestige of a program that is long free of NCAA violations, but that wouldn’t exactly be fair. Obviously, the Crimson Tide does hold a certain cache within college football, but Saban is easily among...