When Alabama captured the 2011 BCS Championship in New Orleans, there was a hint at what greatness lay ahead in Tuscaloosa before the season even started. The BCS champion's team consisted of upperclassmen from their 2008 recruiting class, that same class that was ranked No. 1 by Scout.com.
So does a No. 1 recruiting class translate to a BCS Championship three or four years later?
The answer is a surprising "No."
Only one other team has had a No. 1 recruiting class that won a BCS Championship with that class four years later; Texas ('02) in the 2005 BCS Championship.
A No. 1 recruiting class in its third year has fared worse -- as in zero BCS Championships -- although Alabama came close, winning the 2011 BCS Championship with its class of 2009 (ranked No. 2).
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