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  05/19/22 - Will Anderson Jr.Jr/2024, Alabama, 6-3, 243 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced the 42 candidates for the 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy at a luncheon today in Newport Beach. Alabama has three candidates this year - Will Anderson Jr., Henry To'oTo'o and Jordan Battle - while five other schools each have two candidates - Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson, Iowa and Ohio State. There are 15 linebackers, 14 defensive backs and 13 defensive linemen on this year's Watch List. The top two players in the nation in sacks last year are both on the list - Will Anderson Jr. of Alabama, who had 17.5 sacks and Andre Carter II of Army who had 15.5.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is the only major college football award that considers character. Named after former NFL Hall of Fame star Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy annually goes to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, all characteristics exhibited by Lott during his illustrious playing career. The annual winner is selected by a national voter panel, consisting of former winners, members of the media, coaches, and members of the Board of Directors of The IMPACT Foundation. - The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation


(DS#1 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Will Anderson Jr.Alabama
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  05/13/22 - Stephon Wynn Jr.rSr/2023, Alabama, 6-3, 310 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  What will turn into a flood of visitors for the Nebraska football team over the next several weeks will start with a trickle this weekend. A very important trickle. It's a critical time in the recruiting calendar for schools all over the country. Prospects - both from the portal and in the 2023 recruiting class - will take visits from this weekend through June 27, which is the first day of a recruiting dead period that runs through July 24. The Huskers are set to host a pair of transfer portal players this weekend who started their careers at Alabama.

One of them, defensive tackle Stephon Wynn, plays at a position where NU is still trying to build depth after the additions of Ochaun Mathis and Devin Drew. After four years in a stacked defensive line room at Alabama, Wynn, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, decided to explore his other options. The 6-foot-4, 307-pounder saw action in seven games for the Crimson Tide in 2021, recording five tackles and a quarterback hurry. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#999 DT) rSr/2023 DT Stephon Wynn Jr.Alabama
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  05/13/22 - Jermaine BurtonJr/2024, Alabama, 6-0, 200 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Alabama no doubt saw a jump in receiver production from what it lost in the portal, but it has more ground to make up from what was lost to the NFL Draft. Portal departures put together 28 catches for 429 yards and four touchdowns. Compare that to 80 receptions for 1,490 yards and 13 touchdowns for portal additions. The two aren't close. But those combined portal additions are behind Jameson Williams' sole production in yards and touchdowns in 2021. He caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. Plus, Alabama lost John Metchie III, who led the team with 96 receptions, to the draft. Williams set the bar high, but he also proved a jump can be made in the right circumstance. Williams went from next-to-no production at Ohio State to an All-American season at Alabama. That might be a lot to ask of Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton or Louisville transfer Tyler Harrell to pull off alone, but combined they could make up for that lack of production. Especially when they have a Heisman Trophy winner throwing to them. "Jermaine Burton has probably been the most consistent guy at the position," Saban said after the spring game. "So it's obviously a place where we need to get more consistent, there's no question about it, in my opinion. If we're gonna be able to take advantage of the other strengths that we have on our team." - Birmingham News

(DS#5 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jermaine BurtonAlabama
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  05/12/22 - Tyler HarrellrSr/2023, Alabama, 6-0, 194 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Alabama coach Nick Saban on Wednesday denied that his program had contact with Louisville transfer Tyler Harrell before the wide receiver entered the NCAA transfer portal last month, committing 10 days later to join the Tide. "We don't tamper with anybody, so I don't know about anything or anybody that tampered with him," Saban said Wednesday in Hoover before participating in the Regions Tradition Pro-Am.

"I think it's not only him, it's happened before here," Satterfield told the website when asked about Harrell. "Last year we had a few guys that jumped into the portal and the next day they're announcing where they're going. You can look at that and know that something went on before they were in the portal." Harrell entered the transfer portal April 12. The same day, 247 Sports cited three sources in reporting, "the expectation is that Harrell will transfer to Alabama." Harrell visited Alabama the following weekend for its spring game, then committed the ensuing Friday in an Instagram post. Alabama has not yet added Harrell to its online roster and the school does not formally announce incoming transfers. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 WR) rSr/2023 WR Tyler HarrellAlabama
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  05/07/22 - Tyler HarrellrSr/2023, Alabama, 6-0, 194 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield told 247Sports he believes tampering took place with receiver Tyler Harrell, who entered the portal and committed to Alabama. The in-depth piece examines one the of biggest unintended consequences of the transfer portal: Tampering. Another word being used for the back-channeling to get a player from another program's roster is poaching.

Such is the case with Louisville and receiver Tyler Harrell, at least that's what Satterfield said. Satterfield "believes it occurred," the report states, but, there is nothing he can prove. "I think it's not only him, it's happened before here," Satterfield told 247Sports. "Last year, we had a few guys that jumped into the portal and the next day they're announcing where they're going. You can look at that and know that something went on before they were in the portal." - Birmingham News


(DS#1 WR) rSr/2023 WR Tyler HarrellAlabama
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  05/07/22 - Eli RicksJr/2024, Alabama, 6-2, 195 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  After Alabama's 2022 draft class was its smallest in six years, its 2023 class has a chance to be the school's largest ever. Bryce Young and Will Anderson are the projected headliners but almost every probable starter on each side of the ball is eligible to leave for the NFL next offseason. Ricks will be a popular top-15 pick because of his 6-foot-2 length, status as a five-star recruit and his third-team All-America freshman season with LSU in 2020. But he played Alabama's spring game with the second-team defense and still needs to beat one of two incumbent starters in Kool-Aid McKinstry or Khyree Jackson for a job. Nick Saban noted there has been a learning curve for Ricks in learning Alabama's system and, although it is unlikely to have any significant legal consequences, Ricks' arrest earlier this week is not the sort of attention the junior wants as he settles into Alabama's program. - Birmingham News

(DS#7 CB) Jr/2024 CB Eli RicksAlabama
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  05/07/22 - Jermaine BurtonJr/2024, Alabama, 6-0, 200 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Two of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young's biggest weapons could be transfers from the Peach State. Versatile tailback/kick returner Jahmyr Gibbs ranked third nationally in all-purpose yards for Georgia Tech last season. Jermaine Burton was one of Georgia's top receivers and could replace Jameson Williams as Young's primary go-to guy in a talented but largely unproven group. - AP College Football

(DS#5 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jermaine BurtonAlabama
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  05/06/22 - *John Metchie IIIJr/2022, Alabama, 5-11, 189 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  The Houston Texans selected Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III with the 44th pick in the NFL Draft on Friday night. On Tuesday night, the British Columbia Lions chose Metchie with the 59th pick in the CFL Draft. The nine Canadian Football League teams chose 74 players from Canadian college programs and Canadian players in U.S. college programs during the eight-round draft, starting with Syracuse linebacker Tyrell Richards.

Metchie's hometown is Brampton, Ontario. After the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Metchie was awarded the Jon Cornish Trophy, which is presented annually to the outstanding Canadian player in NCAA football. This year, he was the first to win the award by unanimous vote. Metchie joined Nathan Rourke as the only two-time winners of the trophy. Rourke is a quarterback for the team that drafted Metchie on Tuesday night. By drafting Metchie, British Columbia became the holder of his CFL rights. - Birmingham News


(DS#12 WR) Jr/2022 WR *John Metchie IIIAlabama
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  05/05/22 - Eli RicksJr/2024, Alabama, 6-2, 195 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks pleaded not guilty Monday to a misdemeanor marijuana charge following a traffic stop. Ricks was pulled over on Interstate 59 near Laurel on Sunday after police clocked his 2018 Mercedes traveling 91 mph in a 70 mph zone, the Laurel Leader-Call reported, citing Mississippi Highway Patrol and Jones County Justice Court records. The newspaper reported that police found marijuana in his car and brought him to jail. He was released Monday and is scheduled to appear again in court June 23. Ricks was charged with a first offense of possession of marijuana, which would result in a fine of $100 to $250 under Mississippi law if less than 30 grams. He was also cited for speeding and not having insurance. - Birmingham News

(DS#7 CB) Jr/2024 CB Eli RicksAlabama
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  05/05/22 - Josh JobeSr/2022, Alabama, 6-0, 189 (DS#18 CB) + More +

  The 2022 NFL draft ended Saturday evening with seven players from Alabama having been selected, the fewest for the school since 2016. Cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis' selection early in the fourth round proved to be the final of the draft for the Tide, which saw cornerback Josh Jobe and outside linebacker Christopher Allen not drafted despite projections both would be picked. Jobe intends to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, his agents tweeted. Allen intends to sign with the Denver Broncos, 9News reported. - Birmingham News

(DS#18 CB) Sr/2022 CB Josh JobeAlabama
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  05/04/22 - Will Anderson Jr.Jr/2024, Alabama, 6-3, 243 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  With the first round of the 2022 NFL draft in the books, the buzz for 2023 is already building. And it could be historic for Alabama. Not only could Bryce Young and Will Anderson become the fourth set of college teammates to go No. 1 and 2, but projections also have the Crimson Tide in contention to break its own first-round record. Early forecasts have as many as eight Alabama players among the top 32 prospects after a relatively lean Thursday night.

The program produced two first-rounders this year -- Evan Neal and Jameson Williams -- for its lowest total since 2016. Only Ryan Kelly went among the first 32 picks that year as the eventual NFL starters slipped to Round 2 including Reggie Ragland, Derrick Henry, A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed. Alabama tied the record for first-round picks last year when the six equaled Miami's total from 2004. That beat the five Crimson Tide first-round picks from 2020. The potential for the 2023 class also speaks to the shifting nature of the game. Like on Thursday, transfers figure largely into the projections for next spring. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Will Anderson Jr.Alabama
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  05/02/22 - Eli RicksJr/2024, Alabama, 6-2, 195 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks was arrested in Mississippi on charges of speeding, not having insurance and a first offense possession of marijuana. The Jones County Sheriff's Department's online records show that Ricks was booked at 5:14 p.m. Sunday. The bond was listed as $0. Alabama coach Nick Saban was not immediately available for comment on the arrest. Ricks is battling for a starting spot in Alabama's secondary after transferring from LSU. He was a five-star recruit who earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors as an LSU freshman.

Ricks' sophomore season was cut short with a shoulder injury. He had surgery for a torn labrum last October. Ricks went through spring practice with the Crimson Tide. He is in competition for a starting job that also included Kool-Aid McKinstry and Khyree Jackson. Saban said Ricks' main challenge was learning a new system. "But he's a very conscientious guy and works hard at it," the coach said after Alabama's spring game. "Takes coaching well, wants to please." - AP College Football


(DS#7 CB) Jr/2024 CB Eli RicksAlabama
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  04/25/22 - Tyler HarrellrSr/2023, Alabama, 6-0, 194 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Alabama went back to the portal for receiver talent, and for a second straight year, it may have landed one of the fastest receivers in the sport. Tyler Harrell, formerly of Louisville, committed to the Crimson Tide on Friday. He joins former Georgia receiver Jermaine Burton as incoming transfers but likely compares more to last year's arrival, Jameson Williams. Like the former Buckeye, Harrell will bring game-changing speed to Bryce Young's menu of targets. The 6-foot, 197-pounder was reportedly clocked running a 4.24 in the 40 at last spring's pro day in Louisville.

Harrell was a three-star prospect coming out of Columbus High School in Miami. He was rated 135th by 247Sports among receivers in the 2018 class that also included No. 5 Jaylen Waddle. Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati and East Carolina were among the top contenders in his first recruitment. His impact at Louisville was minimal early on, redshirting his freshman season after playing in two games. A year later, he played in just two games, none in 2020 before having a breakout season last fall. Harrell caught 18 passes for 523 yards with six touchdowns in 2021, following that up with an impressive spring. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 WR) rSr/2023 WR Tyler HarrellAlabama
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  04/21/22 - Will Anderson Jr.Jr/2024, Alabama, 6-3, 243 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  Will Anderson isn't one to shy away from a challenge or keep his mouth shut. A year ago, the linebacker publicly challenged teammates he didn't think were fully committed to the plan. That lit a fire. And then Saturday, the reigning national defensive player of the year made another statement, this one in better spirits. Instead of trying to rally a defense coming off a rough game at Florida or the loss at Texas A&M, Anderson took an aspirational look at the 2022 Crimson Tide defense. This was a group that entered last fall with momentum and more experience than the previous team that was truly only challenged a few times en route to a national title. And while it was a top-10 defense in almost every major statistical category, inconsistency kept it from achieving some of the preseason expectations.

Well Anderson wasn't coy when adding a prediction of his own to the fire burning this offseason. "I think this year is going to be something special," he said after Saturday's A-Day game. "I think you guys talk about the 2016 defense pass rush, I feel like you guys are definitely are getting ready to see that again." Citing the experience, talent and depth, Anderson said at least part of this Crimson Tide defense could stack up with one of the all-time units. Let's take a second to review what that 2016 Alabama defense accomplished. It led the nation in total defense, rushing defense (by a margin of 34 yards a game), scoring defense and sacks. Average it out and the Tide had 3.6 sacks a game. That was a defense that saw all 11 opening day starters drafted - five in the first round and nine in the first three rounds. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Will Anderson Jr.Alabama
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  04/20/22 - Will Anderson Jr.Jr/2024, Alabama, 6-3, 243 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  Alabama football edge defender Will Anderson Jr. seemed darn near unblockable at times in 2021. He finished the year with 34.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. In the process, he became a unanimous All-America selection and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the country's most outstanding defensive player. Anderson has shown few signs of letting up in 2022, if A-Day is any indication. He finished with two sacks in the spring game, making life difficult whenever he was on the field. Recently, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked by someone if Anderson even has a weakness. "I said, 'Well, he's got to learn more about pass coverage because he plays a position where every now and then, he's supposed to drop," Saban said.

But if you're Alabama, dropping Anderson in coverage doesn't make sense unless necessary considering how he can dominate offensive linemen. Saban jokingly asked reporters in the room after the game what they would do with Anderson. "You all are gurus of the game; Should we spend a lot of time on him dropping or letting him rush?" Saban asked with a grin. No guru title needed to know that answer. "So his weakness is pass coverage," Saban said. "But he helps the defense when he sacks the quarterback." - Montgomery Advertiser


(DS#1 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Will Anderson Jr.Alabama
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