With National Signing Day 2013 drawing near, recruits that want to put in some work in the weight room could do a lot worse than Alabama’s iron works.
This photo of the new 34,000-square-foot, $9 million weight room was uploaded to Twitter by Crimson Tide linebacker Matt Tinney, and let’s just say that calling the facility state-of-the-art is an understatement.
The two-story strength and conditioning facility that will serve as head conditioning coach Scott Cochran’s laboratory is between the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility and the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. The weight room is not just for football, however; the facility will serve all Crimson Tide teams.
“I think when people come to Alabama they expect to see the best, so I think we should always strive to have the best,” Saban said back in 2012 when addressing the new facility. “As long as we have the resources and we can provide the best for our student athletes I think that’s what we should do in all sports.”
When the proposal for the gym was originally submitted for the approval of the Alabama Board of Trustees, the reasoning behind the multi-million dollar facility was clear: an elite program like that head coach Nick Saban has built at Alabama requires elite facilities:
“This project will enhance student-athlete recruitment and retention by ensuring that they are able to train with state of the art equipment following the latest training methods,” the proposal reads.
But with Signing Day fast approaching, it’s clear that having this shrine to the Crimson Tide’s physical style of play helps Alabama football recruiting efforts. The document also states:
“If facilities needs are not met, recruitment of top talent for all sports from across the country might be hindered.”
Safe to say that won’t be an issue now.