TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? University of Alabama assistant football Coach Lance Thompson was named the Rivals.com 2008 National Recruiter of the Year on Thursday, after helping the Crimson Tide land one of the nation’s top football recruiting classes.
Alabama landed the No. 1 overall recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and Tom Lemming/CSTV.com on Wednesday.
“I appreciate this recognition from Rivals, but it should really go to our entire staff and to the University of Alabama,’ Thompson said. “Everything we do here is about family and that is what you heard when you listened to our signees yesterday at their press conferences. Alabama’s family atmosphere, coaching staff, players and tradition make this a very special place.”
The Crimson Tide’s class contained five Parade magazine prep All-Americans and 17 of the Top 35 players in the state of Alabama, according to Rivals.com. The Tide also landed seven of the Top 100 prep players in the country according to Rivals.com, including the nation’s fourth-best prospect and top-rated wide receiver, Julio Jones.
“Lance did a good job and worked extremely hard, but at Alabama we recruit as a team,” Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban said. “I don’t really think that an assistant coach or head coach gets a guy to come to school. I think it’s the University itself, the relationships of the people and the players; it’s the overall philosophy of the program. Every single one of our coaches is a great recruiter and we all work together to develop positive relationships with those we recruit. We have a lot of guys involved. I think Lance did a great job of setting the table and developing a plan for how we would have the best chance to be successful, and I think we all worked hard to try and make it happen and it worked out very well for us.”