The Pitch: Football’s 2011 Recruiter Of The Year

According to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and, Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri is college football’s “2011 Recruiter of the Year.”

Sal Sunseri University of Alabama 2011 College Football Recruiter Of The Year

(SI & 24/7: The best recruiting pitch college football has to offer)

In response to his being bestowed such a prestigious honor on behalf of the University of Alabama, here’s Sunseri first comments as reported by’s JC Shurbutt:

“This recognition should really go to our entire staff and to the University of Alabama. (Saban’s) philosophy is to provide an atmosphere for academic development, athletic development, character development and career development. When we are talking to recruits across the country, we talk about those four areas and show how that works at Alabama.

“We’ve had more Freshman Academic All-SEC honorees than anyone and more Academic All-Americans than anyone in the conference the last two years. Our graduation rate is always up near the top nationally.”

With Sunseri the best college football recruiting has to offer, I thought it might be instructive and fun to see him in action.

Here’s Sunseri giving his pitch to Lousiana high school defensive end prospect Jermauria Rasco:

Rasco signed with LSU, but on the bright side for Alabama, his mom did spring for the undercoating and lifetime service agreement.

The video is part of a stellar four-part series on the recruitment of Rasco by KTBS-TV’s Rick Rowe in Shreveport.

Rowe’s work is one of the best pieces of reporting I’ve seen in a long time, so let me be the one to award him college football’s “2011 Recruiting Documentarian of the Year.”

A little bummed out though that we didn’t get to see how Sal’s able to get the garlic so thin.

Hopefully a DVD extra.