Alabama Football: Saban has rare recruiting opportunity

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Will this help Alabama football in recruiting?

In college football, every single second is a recruiting opportunity. Programs are building an image and a brand, and that will impact if future recruits want to join the team. For Alabama football, this has been a key reason why championships run through Tuscaloosa.

Nick Saban is one of the best recruiters in the country, and he has proven it year after year. However, he has a unique opportunity to recruit this Monday. He will be on Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli. 

This is a new broadcast where the Manning brothers break down the game and bring in special guests. Last week, Rob Gronkowski and Pat McAfee joined the show to talk about anything and everything.

Now, Saban has spoken on national television dozens of times. He has covered national championships and done special features with ESPN. If he has a message about Alabama football, it will make headline news. What makes this such a unique opportunity?

It boils down to the hosts of the show. Peyton and Eli played at rival schools, but their nephew Arch Manning is a junior in high school. Manning looks to be the next elite college quarterback, and Alabama football wants to sign him. This won’t be an explicit recruiting visit, but there is no doubt that people will be talking about the Tide in the Manning household.

The timing of this appearance is also important. Alabama football faces off against Ole Miss this Saturday. This will be the Tide’s toughest game, and Manning has connections to the Rebels. If Saban can say the right things and follow it up with a win at home against Ole Miss, the momentum will be trending in the Tide’s favor.

Also, there will be plenty of Alabama football players in this game. Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith will be looking to torch the defense for the Eagles. Hurts can prove that Saban has what it takes to turn quarterbacks into NFL stars, and Smith was a Heisman winner. Philly plays the Dallas Cowboys, where Trevon Diggs and Amari Cooper have been thriving.

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This is not a true recruiting event, but it is a great opportunity for Alabama football. We’ll see if any rumors are swirling after this Monday.