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  06/05/21 - Kyle EdwardsSo/2024, Alabama, 6-0, 209 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Alabama running back Kyle Edwards entered the NCAA transfer portal on Saturday, according to multiple reports. Edwards did not play last season as a freshman. 247 Sports rated him as a three-star recruit from Destrahan, Louisiana who ranked 425th nationally and 29th among running backs. He joins Keilan Robinson as Tide running backs to enter the transfer portal this week. Robinson did not play last season after opting out. Edwards ran twice for 2 yards in Alabama's spring game in April while catching one pass for 2 yards. Alabama remains deep at running back, with fifth-year senior Brian Robinson expected to lead a group that also includes two sophomores in Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Kyle EdwardsAlabama
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  06/04/21 - Henry Too TooJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  The SEC will allow immediate eligibility for intra-conference transfers, the league office announced Thursday. The change in policy takes effect immediately, and follows a recent NCAA rule change allowing for a one-time transfer waiver for Division I athletes in all sports. The SEC still had a rule requiring all athletes transferring from one league school to another to sit out a year prior to Thursday's vote of presidents and chancellors. "This is an important measure to further support student-athletes throughout the Southeastern Conference," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "While maintaining the expectation that coaches and others avoid improper recruiting, this change will ensure that student-athletes who enroll at an SEC member institution will enjoy the flexibility afforded to other student-athletes across the nation."

Thursday's policy change affects a number of high-profile SEC-to-SEC transfers, including linebacker Henry To'o To'o (Tennessee to Alabama), safety Donovan Kaufman (Vanderbilt to Auburn) and quarterback TJ Finley (LSU to Auburn) in football and basketball players Desi Sills (Arkansas to Auburn) and K.D. Johnson (Georgia to Auburn). To'o To'o, Finley, Kaufman, Johnson, and Sills, among others, will now be eligible to play at their new schools during the 2021-22 school year. - Birmingham News


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Henry Too TooAlabama
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  05/31/21 - Jarez ParksrJr/2023, Alabama, 6-4, 240 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Linebacker Jarez Parks is not listed on Alabama football's online roster as of Tuesday. BamaInsider was first to report the news. Parks is not listed in the transfer portal, though. Parks, a redshirt junior reserve linebacker, played in six games in 2019. He appeared in only the Kentucky game this past season. He didn't post any stats in his lone 2020 appearance. His most significant play with the Crimson Tide might have been when he pressured an Ole Miss quarterback into throwing an interception in 2019. He redshirted in 2018. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#999 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Jarez ParksAlabama
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  05/26/21 - Bryce YoungSo/2024, Alabama, 6-0, 194 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Young doesn't lack talent or pedigree. With a five-star rating in high school, he earned the No. 1 spot for dual-threat quarterbacks as well as the No. 2 ranking for all 2020 prospects. But he hasn't had much of an opportunity to showcase his talent yet, primarily working in spot duty as a freshman. He's off to a good start, though. He put together a solid A-Day performance with 333 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Can he build off that immediately? Or will he experience some growing pains early in the season? - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#3 QB) So/2024 QB Bryce YoungAlabama
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  05/24/21 - John Metchie IIIJr/2023, Alabama, 6-0, 195 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  Alabama football has earned yet another accolade from the 2020 undefeated championship season. Junior receiver John Metchie III has received the Jon Cornish Trophy, given to the top Canadian in NCAA football after he became the first Canadian of an NCAA national champion in 17 years. Metchie, from Brampton, Ontario, got 94 votes. He edged out Oklahoma State's Amen Ogbongbemiga who received 91 votes. The next closest, Tennessee's Joshua Palmer, picked up 66 votes. Metchie caught six touchdown passes in 2020 with 55 total catches for 916 yards. He is expected to be among Alabama's leaders at receivers this season with the departures of DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, both of whom went in the first round of the NFL Draft. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#3 WR) Jr/2023 WR John Metchie IIIAlabama
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  05/20/21 - Joshua LanierrSr/2022, Alabama, 5-11, 160 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Alabama walk-on receiver Joshua Lanier is set to transfer after entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal, The Tuscaloosa News confirmed on Thursday. Lanier posted a picture of his locker with "forever thankful" on his Instagram story. Lanier, who went to Tuscaloosa Academy, transferred from North Alabama. He contributed primarily on special teams during his time with the Crimson Tide, seeing action in seven games in 2020 as a redshirt senior. He also caught two passes for 10 yards for the Crimson team during A-Day this spring. - Montgomery Advertiser

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Joshua LanierAlabama
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  05/18/21 - Bryce YoungSo/2024, Alabama, 6-0, 194 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The Crimson Tide will kick off the season Sept. 4 in Atlanta against Miami at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will air live on ABC as part of a big opening weekend for college football. Later that day, Georgia will face Clemson in Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. CT also on ABC and Notre Dame will play at Florida State the following day at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC. Alabama will open its season for the third time in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the Saturday of that Labor Day weekend. It beat Florida State 24-7 in the stadium's first year in 2017 before taking down Duke, 42-3 in 2019. This will be the first Alabama-Miami matchup since the 1993 Sugar Bowl when the Tide upset the top-ranked Hurricanes, 34-13 to win the 1992 national championship. - Birmingham News

(DS#3 QB) So/2024 QB Bryce YoungAlabama
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  05/13/21 - Henry Too TooJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Henry To'o To'o improved his chances of smoking a cigar. To'o To'o changed sides in the Third Saturday in October rivalry when the former Tennessee football linebacker committed to Alabama on Saturday. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining. As an undergraduate transfer, an SEC intraconference bylaw requires To'o To'o to sit out a season unless he gains a waiver from the conference. However, SEC leaders are expected to review that bylaw in the coming weeks and could vote to alter or remove it to allow intraconference transfers immediate eligibility. That means To'o To'o has a chance to line up across from his former team when the Vols play at Alabama on Oct. 23.

But even if To'o To'o gains immediate eligibility, will he be a starter for Alabama? To'o To'o was one of UT's top defensive players, leading the Vols with 76 tackles last season. Alabama returns starting inside linebacker Christian Harris. The other starting inside linebacker spot is up for grabs, with veteran reserve Jaylen Moody and four-star early enrollee Deontae Lawson among the top contenders. Lawson signed as a top-100 recruit. Additionally, the competition includes Shane Lee, a Freshman All-America selection in 2019. To'o To'o is at a disadvantage having not participated in spring practice. - Montgomery Advertiser


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Henry Too TooAlabama
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  05/09/21 - Henry Too TooJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Former Tennessee linebacker Henry To'o To'o announced Saturday he is transferring to Alabama. "I thank you for everything Heavenly Father," To'o To'o wrote on Instagram. "ROLL TIDE" One of the top linebacker prospects in the 2019 class, To'o To'o played two seasons at Tennessee. He entered the transfer portal in January. To'o To'o has the potential to play immediately at Alabama after the NCAA approved a one-time transfer waiver last month. However, the SEC still must change its intraconference transfer rule to allow To'o To'o to play this season.

Several other major conferences have eliminated their rules prohibiting players from participating immediately after transferring within the conference. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said this week the conference is expected to make a decision by the "end of May, early June" on its rule. To'o To'o, an all-freshman SEC selection in 2019 who played at De La Salle High School in California, becomes a potential starter in Alabama's defense alongside fellow junior Christian Harris in a spot occupied last season by Dylan Moses. Coach Nick Saban said this spring that senior Jaylen Moody had "taken advantage" of his chance to start, but now it appears Moody and To'o To'o will be competing for the same job. - Birmingham News


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Henry Too TooAlabama
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  05/08/21 - Henry Too TooJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Tennessee's leading tackler Henry To'o To'o is heading to rival Alabama. The junior linebacker announced Saturday on social media that he was transferring to the defending national champions. To'o To'o would likely be a candidate to replace starting inside linebacker Dylan Moses. A new NCAA policy allows players to transfer once and be eligible to play immediately. However, the Southeastern Conference currently requires intraconference transfers to sit out a season. To'o To'o had 148 tackles over his first two seasons with the Volunteers, leading the team with 76 tackles and 10 stops for a loss as a sophomore. To'o To'o was a Top 50 recruit and the third-rated outside linebacker in 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. - AP College Football

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Henry Too TooAlabama
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  05/08/21 - *Dylan MosesrJr/2021, Alabama, 6-1, 225 (DS#7 ILB) + More +

  It was another banner year for Alabama in the NFL draft, but one former Crimson Tide star did not hear his name called by a pro team last weekend. Dylan Moses, a former 5-star recruit and a first-team All-SEC pick in 2020, went undrafted and later signed a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Moses battled injuries during his Alabama career, including a knee ligament injury that forced him to miss all of 2019 and a torn meniscus that he played with throughout this past season. Speaking to reporters Thursday night in Mobile, Saban said Moses going undrafted was not only unexpected, but perhaps a little unfair. He added that Moses should have been credited for playing hurt the entire 2020 season, in which he helped Alabama win the national championship.

"It had nothing to do with what kind of football player he is," Saban said prior to his speaking engagement at a fundraiser for Team Focus, a youth mentoring organization founded by former college football coach and television broadcaster Mike Gottfried. "It was all based on medical grades by the teams, which, frankly, was a little surprising to me. My time in the league, when guys came back and played, that usually got (them) out of that '5' medical grade, which is 'undraftable.' It might have been a '4' medical grade, which means a guy does have an injury that could be a problem in the future, but he's come back and played with it, so we have to give him an opportunity. "I certainly think that's where Dylan Moses should have fallen for sure, and should have gotten an opportunity, because he played all season long for us. And I think that should be a good enough indicator that he can play in the NFL." - Birmingham News


(DS#7 ILB) rJr/2021 ILB *Dylan MosesAlabama
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  05/08/21 - Jameson WilliamsJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 188 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  When Williams committed to Alabama Monday morning, the Missouri native and former top-100 recruit was just five days removed from entering the NCAA transfer portal at Ohio State. Tide wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins, a former college teammate of Gregory at New Mexico, made contact after Williams went into the portal and helped the Crimson Tide beat out Georgia, Texas A&M and others to land the commitment. "It was one of them things: If I go in the portal, I want to entertain A, B, C and Alabama was one of the A, B, Cs," Gregory said. "... He's going to play for somebody that his high school coach knows. Dad originally wanted him to go to 'Bama. And then, on top of Ohio State being No. 1, Alabama was kind of 1A, 1B. So two years later to still have that opportunity… He was listening to some of the other schools too, but I kind of knew in my heart that it was going to be Alabama."

Before Monday, the Tide only had two wide receivers who recorded more than three catches last year. Now, Alabama has another receiver with starting experience, a whole bunch more speed for its new quarterback Bryce Young and - as DeVonta Smith can attest to - someone who's capable of contributing on special teams if need be as well. "He didn't leave Ohio State just because he wants the ball all the time," Gregory said. "He's a team-first guy. But at the end of the day, he just wanted to go somewhere where he can be more productive and help a team in more ways." - Birmingham News


(DS#11 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jameson WilliamsAlabama
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  05/06/21 - Evan NealJr/2023, Alabama, 6-6, 360 (DS#1 OT) + More +

  Much like college football's seemingly-endless recruiting cycle, the page has quickly turned in the NFL from the 2021 draft to the top prospects for the 2022 draft. Not surprisingly, Alabama has a number of players perceived as potential first-round picks, with none ranked higher than offensive tackle Evan Neal. The 6-foot-7, 360-pound Neal was a five-star recruit who started immediately as a guard in 2019 before transitioning to right tackle in 2020. He is expected to start for a third consecutive season as a junior this fall at left tackle, which could serve as a springboard for him being an early first-round pick during next April's draft in Las Vegas. Neal has size that NFL teams covet at the position and will likely begin this season with all-conference recognition. Alabama appears prepared for the likelihood that Neal will declare early for the NFL draft after this season. The Tide boasts a pair of incoming five-star freshmen at offensive tackle, Tommy Brockermeyer and JC Latham. - Birmingham News

(DS#1 OT) Jr/2023 OT Evan NealAlabama
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  05/05/21 - Jameson WilliamsJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 188 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  Jameson Williams is leaving one 2020 national championship game participant for the other. The former Ohio State receiver announced Monday morning on Twitter that he will transfer to Alabama. Williams, who played two seasons for the Buckeyes, entered the portal about a week ago. Due to new NCAA transfer rules, Williams can play for Alabama this fall. Previously, undergraduate transfers had to sit out one year unless they received a waiver.

Williams started for Ohio State last season, but it became clear this spring that would no longer be the case in 2021. Garrett Wilson shifted back outside along with Chris Olave to make room for Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the slot. That would have left Williams to contend for second-string snaps with redshirt freshman Julian Fleming and true freshman Marvin Harrison Jr., who had an impressive spring. Alabama lost two receivers to the first round of the NFL Draft: Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. It returns John Metchie and Slade Bolden, who started when Waddle was out most of the season with injury. Williams now slides in with a bunch of other talented but less proven players vying for playing time. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#11 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jameson WilliamsAlabama
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  05/05/21 - Jameson WilliamsJr/2023, Alabama, 6-2, 188 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  The Tuscaloosa gateway to the transfer portal has been more of an on-ramp - more of an exporter than an importer. That changed, at least for the moment, Monday when Jameson Williams took the T-town exit after leaving Ohio State. It was a move that made sense for both sides, especially given the transfer rule recently passed by the NCAA. For Alabama, its receivers room lost its two most talented and experienced stars in DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Slade Bolden was the lone receiver with serious experience who played on A-Day as he returns for a fourth fall at Alabama. John Metchie will be back this fall after missing the spring with an injury and there's certainly some young talent flashing potential.

Williams, once the top-rated recruit in Missouri and No. 13 receiver nationally, brings two years of Big Ten experience to Alabama. He's known as a speed burner and that should come as no surprise to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Though he caught just one pass for 14 yards in the CFP title game, Williams lit up DeVonta Smith right as he hauled in the first punt of the night. He also brings impressive height at 6-foot-2 and 188 pounds. It would also be fair to say he's leaving a more crowded depth chart in Columbus to transfer south. The return of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, former five-star Jaxon Smith Njigba and the emergence of freshman Marvin Harrison Jr. (you don't have to google it) this spring probably meant he'd be facing more seasoned competition at Ohio State than Alabama. - Birmingham News


(DS#11 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jameson WilliamsAlabama
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