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Breaking News: Alabama football lands elite transfer receiver, Tyler Harrell

Cardinals WR Tyler Harrell (#8) with a TD catch in 2021 versus Florida State
Alicia Devine - Tallahassee Democrat

Coach Nick Saban holds the key to the NCAA transfer portal.

He has grabbed another elite wide receiver for the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide picked up Jermaine Burton from Georgia, and now it has Tyler Harrell. A native of Miami, Fla., Harrell is an elite speed receiver from Louisville.

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He posted marquee numbers in a run-heavy offense for the Cardinals in 2021. Harrell totaled 18 receptions for 523 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. The 6-foot, 197-pounder averaged 29.1 yards per catch. Alabama fans watched Jameson Williams destroy defensive secondaries last year, so Saban wants to continue adding speed. Harrell carries a similar body type and explosive style as former Tide standout Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs, who played at 6-foot and 190 pounds, averaged 18.7 yards per reception in 2018 and totaled seven scores. The Montgomery (Ala.) native clocked a time of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Harrell posted a time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash in high school. He also recorded a time of 10.37 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Harrell is a huge pickup for Bryce Young and the Crimson Tide’s offense. This season is going to be exciting.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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