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Walter Football's Charlie Campbell was told by scouts that Alabama T Jonah Williams has early round potential.

Williams (6'5/296) is part of a strong 2019 tackle class, and one scout told Campbell that he graded tackle as a second day prospect as a sophomore. Some analysts believe the Crimson Tide tackle have first-round potential, but because of the amount of quality players at the position -- Washington's Trey Adams, Ole Miss's Gregory Little -- he'll have to play exceptionally well to get in that range. ". "[Scouts] thought he may have to play at right tackle or guard in the NFL, but they said that Williams is very smart and reliable," writes Campbell. "With a good year, he could be a late first-round candidate."
May 21 - 3:29 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Alabama four-star 2019 verbal DT commit Antonio Alfano to former Florida DT Taven Bryan.

"The new Alabama commit is a little bigger at the same stage," Haubert writes of the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder. "But like Bryan, Alfano is not only a big body who can be explosive with good strength, but he also is a very good overall athlete, all of which can allow him to be an ideal fit as a 5-technique." The analyst believes that assuming he shows respectable development in terms of his technique over the next year-plus, Alfano "can be a quick contributor and potentially key part of the unit before his time is done." On the ESPN 300 rankings board, the defensive tackle lands right an even No. 100.
May 19 - 2:45 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT Antonio Alfano.

Alfano (6'4/285) had winnowed the field down to Alabama, Georgia and Penn State, with Nick Saban getting the last laugh. One of the Crimson Tide's top recruiting targets in the 2019 class, the Colonia, New Jersey, native ranks as Rivals' No. 124 overall prospect for the cycle. An idea of the kind of athletic talent the defending champs now have in their corner -- his athletic testing numbers at The Opening last summer were comparable (and in some cases, better) than those posted by eventual Michigan signee Rashan Gary. Entering his junior season, Gary is a potential top-five pick for next spring's draft. While we had minor questions about Alabama's 2018 recruiting class, they're off to a relentless start to the current cycle. On the Rivals team rankings board, Saban's crew currently sits at No. 2, trailing only Oklahoma. While the Tide have yet to secure a five-star prospect, they've already received commitments from a whopping 10 four-star recruits.
Source: Rivals
May 18 - 3:36 PM

Alabama sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa revealed that he had planned on transferring had he not played in January's National Championship Game.

"I wanted to leave the school," Tagovailoa explained while talking with Hawaiian middle-schoolers this week. This is not the first time we've heard this story. The first time, it actually came from FAU HC and former Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, who told NBC Sports' Dan Patrick over the winter that Tua would have exited stage left had he not come into the title game versus Georgia. He played like gangbusters after entering the contest. The sophomore signal-caller revealed even more than this, saying that at one point early in the season, he asked his father if his scholarship from USC was still on the table. Tagovailoa said that his parents strongly encouraged him to stick it out in Tuscaloosa. While he missed all but a few spots of practice this spring due to a broken finger sustained right off the bat in March, he should be considered the frontrunner to start for the Tide this fall. He'll need to pull away from Jalen Hurts in August camp, first.
May 18 - 12:25 PM

FBSchedules.com reports that Alabama will make $6 million for their scheduled 2020 matchup with USC.

This showdown between college football powers is set for Sept. 5, 2020, and will be played in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. FBSchedules does not specify how much money USC will be netting off the matchup. The two teams squared off most recently in 2016, when Alabama turned -- midway through the contest -- to freshman QB Jalen Hurts to spark the offense. Hurts helped propel the Tide to a dominating 52-6 win.
May 18 - 12:15 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez believes that Tennessee Titans RB coach Sylvester Croom could become involved with the Senior Bowl.

There's been a shakeup with the premiere pre-draft evaluation bowl, with executive director Phil Savage stepping down from his post last week. Marvez does not specify what role Croom could potentially take. A well-respected coach in the industry, he's been with the Titans for the past five seasons. Beyond his NFL pedigree, Croom holds a notable place in the history of college football, becoming the first African-American head coach in the SEC after Mississippi State hired him to the position in 2004.
May 16 - 2:15 PM

Alabama and Texas have agreed to a home-and-home series for 2022 and 2023.

News broke of this potential marquee series near the end of March. It's been officially agreed upon, now. The Longhorns will have first hosting duties, with Alabama set to travel to Austin on Sept. 10, 2022. It'll be the Crimson Tide returning the favor in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023. In nine previous matchups between the two college football titans, Texas -- and not Alabama -- holds a decided edge with a 7-1-1 record. The teams last faced off in the 2010 Rose Bowl, when the Tide schooled the Longhorns to the tune of a 37-21 final score. This is the second high-profile series Alabama has scheduled this offseason. They earlier announced a home-and-home with Notre Dame for the 2028 and 2029 seasons.
Source: 247Sports
May 16 - 12:32 PM

247Sports analyst Greg Biggins notes that Alabama four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Paul Tyson "looked in command all day long" during the Elite 11 regional camp in Las Vegas this past weekend.

Biggins touts Tyson's arm strength, accuracy and 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame as clear plus attributes on his scouting ledger. He pledged to Alabama at the beginning of April as the legacy of legacies -- Tyson is the great grandson of all-time legend Bear Bryant. While he has not yet earned an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals, Biggins believes one could be coming his way in the near future. On the outlet's composite rankings board, Tyson checks in at No. 288 overall in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
May 15 - 3:55 PM

The Senior Bowl and executive director Phil Savage have mutually agreed to a parting of ways.

Savage was initially hired to serve as executive director in 2012. Since assuming that position, the Senior Bowl's popularity and exposure has taken off like a rocket. Some of this is due to the explosion of social media over the past few years, but beyond that, he lent a level of gravitas and professionalism to proceedings. Savage took on an incredibly hands-on role with the Senior Bowl, not only in promoting the event, but in his personal involvement in helping to bring in prospects who he felt would benefit from a week down in Mobile.
Source: Senior Bowl
May 15 - 3:38 PM

CBS Sports writer Will Brinson projects the Seahawks to take Alabama T Jonah Williams with the 14th pick in his 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

Williams would be the second offensive lineman off the board in this scenario; with Ole Miss T Gregory Little going seventh overall to the Buccaneers ahead of the Crimson Tide tackle. As Trapasso notes: "They keep not picking offensive linemen and we all keep giving them offensive linemen in mock drafts anyway."
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 2:34 PM

Alabama is hiring Bob Welton from Nebraska to serve as recruiting director.

Welton was hired from Tennessee to work with Scott Frost at Nebraska, but his time there is short lived. He'll replace Jody Knight, who left the position to become the new offensive line coach at UAB.
May 13 - 12:42 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama is attempting to restrict redshirt junior C Brandon Kennedy from transferring within the SEC as a graduate.

SEC commish Greg Sankey has gone on record in the past to say that the conference is understanding when it comes to allowing players more freedom of transfer if they've rocked it on the academic side, and that's certainly the case with Kennedy, who has already graduated with two years eligibility still remaining. Per Zenitz, the 6-foot-3, 301-pound Kennedy would like to finish out his collegiate experience with Auburn or Tennessee. On the football side of things, the redshirt junior was serving as a backup for the Tide coming out of the spring. He's currently appealing Alabama's restrictions. We're guessing he's eventually allowed to move to his school of choice given past precedent.
Source: AL.com
May 12 - 11:52 AM

Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis registered eight tackles and a pair of sacks during the team's A-Day spring game.

ESPN's Alex Scarborough tags Davis as the standout spring performer for the defending champs, noting that the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder possesses "freakish athleticism." "Freak" is a word we've heard in more than one scouting report. The junior was an All-SEC performer for the 2017 campaign on the strength of 69 tackles (10.0 for loss), 8.5 sacks and an interception logged across 13 games played. He's one of a number of draft-eligible players who could help make the 2019 defensive line class a truly special one.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 2:33 PM

Alabama has reached agreements to play Southern Miss on Sept. 25, 2021, and Western Kentucky on Sept. 9, 2023.

The Crimson Tide will play host for both contests, both of which will net $1.9 million paydays for the respective visitors. The defending champs already have a sizable history with Southern Miss, holding a 34-5-2 edge in the series. Matters are much less defined against Western Kentucky, whom they have faced just thrice in their storied history. Alabama has won all three of those match-ups, the most recent of which came during the 2016 season.
May 10 - 11:11 AM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that redshirt junior C Brandon Kennedy will transfer as a graduate.

Kennedy (6'3/301) graduated from Alabama in December and will thus be eligible to play immediately with his team-to-be during the upcoming season. He finishes his career in Tuscaloosa having played in 10 total games. This most recent campaign was a truncated one for the lineman, who required season-ending ankle surgery in mid-October. He's been a healthy performer this spring and found himself working with the second-team offensive line during Bama's A-Day game last month. Kennedy's exit will serve to thin out Alabama's depth by degrees, but shouldn't be considered a truly troublesome loss.
Source: AL.com
May 8 - 3:45 PM


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