it is widely agreed upon that saban is a top-tier coach. his grasp on the mental aspects of the game is unparalleled, and he always gets the very best out of his players. however, one of the things that attracted him to LSU was the abundance of LA natives on NFL rosters. he figured he could assemble a powerhouse if he could keep those guys at home, and boy was he ever right. the great thing about recruiting is that these guys arent bound by contracts. if you recruit an RB and he's a bust, you can go out and recruit 2 more next year. it allows for more liberal personnel adjustments. you can get as many 5-star blue chippers added to your roster as you are capable of every year. that is somewhat like having unlimited 1st round picks (barring some complexities). that said, would saban be as successful in the pro's without the power and luxury of great recruiting? im not, at all, discounting his system. but doesnt it stand to reason that the strong recruiting was paramount in his success? would he have been able to do that with the same rosters that gerry & curley had?