Tennessee commit Riley Ferguson said he is looking forward to playing Alabama during his college career for a chance to get back at the Tide for what he feels like was less than fair treatment on the recruiting trail.
The SEC leads the way with 79 players invited to the 2013 NFL combine. LSU has 13 players on that list, which includes cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, and that ties the Tigers with Florida State for the most nationally. A year ago, the SEC sent 52 players to the NFL combine. The only SEC school not sending anybody to the NFL combine this year is Ole Miss. The combine runs Feb. 20-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here's a team-by-team breakdown in the SEC:
Alabama has made a habit of following up national championships on the field with recruiting classes rated the best in the country. Or is it more appropriate to say the Tide has followed up national-championship caliber recruiting classes with actual titles on the field produced by those players?
The No. 1 class ranking was just a distinction. Simply hauling in top recruits won't get a team too far. UA coach Nick Saban knows this well. As he and his staff were building the class, they had goals in mind. The road map was simple.