Alabama's Nick Saban concerned about two signees

Anniston StarMay 20, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- While Alabama's 2014 class is already signed, a couple of the Crimson Tide's prospects may have a little more work to do academically before joining the team.

The class is slated to report in the coming weeks for summer conditioning and to begin taking college courses.

But during his final Crimson Caravan stop on Tuesday, Tide coach Nick Saban said a member or two of the class may have a few more requirements left before completing high school.

"We'll find that out when we get final grades in," Saban said. "We haven't got that information in yet. I think we may have one guy that may need to go to summer school, but I'm not 100 percent sure of that right now. We may have somebody else, too, but I'm just not sure."

Alabama has had just one player fail to qualify since 2011, the year the SEC limited signing classes to 25. Offensive tackle Brandon Hill spent a year at a prep school before joining the team the next year.

Eight members of the Tide's class enrolled in January with a ninth, quarterback Jacob Coker, arriving earlier this month. That leaves 18 signees who are expected to join the team during the summer or sometime before fall practice.

Alabama's 2014 class was widely regarded as one of the best recruiting classes ever. It was the consensus No. 1 class by the four major recruiting services.

Still, the class has a lot of work to do if it hopes to live up to the hype.

For Saban, the first step is just buying into the process.

"I don't think they have to impress me right away. They've already impressed me," Saban said. "That's why we recruited them. I think what they have to do is have the maturity to focus on what they need to do to be good players in our system, which means they need to learn what to do, how to do it, why it's important to do it that way and have a little patience with themselves to give them a chance to learn that.

"Too many people put pressure on themselves on, 'I want to play, I want to play, I want to play.' How about, 'I want to be the best player. I want to be the best player,' and focus on what they need to do to be a good player and then they'll play because of it."

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