- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
From the moment Nick Saban stepped on campus, the recruiting game changed at the University of Alabama. Unburdened by the previous regime's bout with NCAA sanctions, Saban and the coaching staff set to the recruiting trail and began winning battles throughout the Southeast.
Alabama, previously on the outside looking in at the top 10 classes in the country, soon found itself owning the class rankings. From 2008 on, UA was the only school in the country to finish in the top three of the ESPN class rankings every year. If its No. 2 ranking holds during the next week and a half, that streak will be pushed to six straight years.
In that vein, TideNation set out to rank Saban's top recruiting classes since his arrival at Alabama in 2007. Based on class rankings and on-field production, here's how it looks: