Ethan Nation is sitting on 33 D1 offers after the Alabama Crimson Tide offered him recently.
— Ethan Nation (@ethannation5) March 2, 2021
Nation is a product of Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia. The Crimson Tide join Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma and multiple other high-profile programs in the push for the sophomore. Alabama’s new defensive back coach Jay Valai told Nation he had received an offer from the Tide during a phone call Tuesday.
The 2023 recruit said Alabama’s offer left him speechless.
“It was a dream come true,” Nation told Touchdown Alabama. “I was at a loss for words and was starstruck. I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure it was real. Their program is the best. If you go there, you are going to the league. I mean, if you want to win, you go there. If you want a ring, you go there. There is a long list of the things I can say about Alabama. The first word that comes to my mind is the best.”
The Georgia product has a lot of respect for Nick Saban and his ability to develop defensive backs. Saban is hands-on with Alabama’s defensive back group, which would allow Nation to spend a lot of time with the seven-time National Championship winning coach if he were to choose the Tide in the future.
“He is a great coach,” Nation said. “He is one of the greatest coaches of our generation. His ability to put players in the NFL is amazing. If the opportunity for me to go there in the future presents itself, It is going to be an amazing experience.”
Offers are going to continue to come in for Nation because of what he brings to the table. As a sophomore, Nation pulled in eight interceptions in eight games. He possesses exceptional coverage skills for a player his age and knows how to position his body to fight for the football in the air.
Valai told Nation he liked his ball skills.
“He said he loves how I go up and get the football,” Nation said. “He complimented my coverage skill and how I can read where the ball is going.”
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Nation will be ranked among the top defensive backs in the 2023 recruiting class. Alabama looks to have the attention of the ball-hawking prospect.
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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith