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Nick Saban talks new signees, more

Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed the media Wednesday after the Crimson Tide signed 22 players.

Here is a summary of what he said:

— Saban said after tomorrow Alabama is going to take a three-day break before it resumes practice on Christmas Eve.

— Saban said Alabama is “really pleased” with the outcome of signing day. “We do have spots left,” Saban added. He explained the program is still interested in players and that prospects who haven’t signed are interested in the Tide.

— Saban said the early signing period has become “the signing date.” “It accelerates the recruiting cycle,” Saban added. Saban noted the challenge of dealing with recruiting with the team having played in the SEC title game and starting bowl preparations.

— Saban said Alabama learned to get ahead on recruiting and that the Tide was more aggressive in this recruiting cycle than it was last year during the inaugural early signing period.

— Saban said Alabama expects to have at least four quarterbacks on scholarship after adding Paul Tyson and Taulia Tagovailoa today.

— Saban used a question to sell Alabama as a destination to develop players both on and off the field.

— Pivoting back to the current team, Saban said cornerback Saivion Smith is a productive player when he does what he is supposed to do.

— Saban said Alabama signed multiple offensive linemen because Alabama anticipates losing quite a few players within that position group.

— Saban said new Alabama signee Will Reichard of Hoover is a really good kicker and that the team was looking to improve that area.

— Saban said recruiting is a priority when hiring new staff members and Alabama added six new assistant coaches last season.

Rainer Sabin is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin

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