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Recruits reflect on Saban's demeanor

9/18/2012

Nick Saban never seems happy nor satisfied. That’s part of what makes him great. That same attitude carries over to the recruiting trail, where the Alabama head coach is one of the best in the business.

We asked three Crimson Tide commitments -- RB Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton), OL Bradley Bozeman (Roanoke, Ala./Handley) and ATH ArDarius Stewart (Birmingham, Ala./Fultondale) -- for their thoughts on Saban.

Q: What stands out about Coach Saban? What makes him successful?

Jones: He takes his job seriously. He’s hard-nosed. He’s a hard-nosed coach. He gets into the books, and then he can also joke around with you at times. He establishes a good coaching relationship with you.

Bozeman: He’s got a schedule for everything. Everything has its place. It needs to be done this way, and everybody needs to be on the same track. Everybody functions as one like a well-oiled machine. I think that’s what really makes him great, just the organization skills he has.

Stewart: His desire to win. Really, that’s basically it. When he wants something done, he gets it done.

Q: What’s he like in person, off the field?

Jones: In person, he’s really focused on education and talks to you about life. He just talks to you man-to-man, and tries to help you understand what it’s like to be a man. Other than that, he jokes around. Some people think that he doesn’t have fun or anything, but he’s cool. I like him.

Bozeman: At first, he’s really, really intimidating whenever you walk in the office, sit down and he presses the button and the door closes. You don’t want to say anything stupid, so you let him do most of the talking. After you get to know him, he’s a great guy. He’ll sit there and want to talk with you. He’s an amazing guy.

Stewart: He’s a cool, laid-back guy. But you can tell what he wants in a team. He likes to win. He’s just a cool coach.