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Is Agiye Hall the next great receiver from Florida for Alabama?

Agiye Hall (No. 17) trying to make the catch in Alabama's second scrimmage
Photo by Kent Gidley

Alabama will be featuring many new faces on offense in 2021 and fans were able to get a sneak peek at who will be on the field scoring touchdowns on Saturdays. Freshman wide receiver Agiye Hall took full advantage of his first career A-Day spring game last weekend.

Hall, who was a part of the second-team offense, caught four passes for 72-yards with his longest grab going for 37 yards. But it wasn’t just the long catches that impressed the coaching staff and fans, it was the degree of difficulty of some of his catches.

He made multiple receptions with defenders draped all over him as he was pushed up against the sidelines all while working with quarterbacks Paul Tyson and Braxton Barker.

“I think that (Hall) is a young player, he is getting better every day,” head coach Nick Saban said following the game. “I think that he has a lot of ability. I think that he is not 100 percent sure sometimes of what he is doing. So to get him to play fast all the time is something that he wants to do and naturally does, but like any player most of the time when they are not sure of what they are doing, they aren’t playing fast.”

Hall, who is a native of Florida, isn’t the first receiver from the rival SEC state to come to Alabama in the Saban era and make a name for himself. The long list of talented receivers from the past includes DJ Hall, Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy to name a few.

Listed at 6’3 and weighing 195 pounds, Hall presents himself as a unique mismatch for opposing defenders. The Crimson Tide offense hasn’t had a true big-bodied, go up and get it pass-catcher consistently featured in the offense for quite some time.

At the very least he will have an opportunity to break onto the field since the Tide will be needing to replace Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and the explosive Jaylen Waddle this fall.

“(Hall)has made significant improvement throughout the spring, and he is someone that we think has a lot of potential,” Saban said. “He makes a lot of contested catches. He’s got great size. He’s got really some explosive speed that I think we need. We need some guys to complement John Metchie when he gets back. We are pleased with his progress. He had a really good spring.”

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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