Alabama football is still evaluating and recruiting top 2024 quarterbacks with Air Noland earning an offer from Nick Saban and Alabama football during the Crimson Tide’s latest junior day event Saturday.
Noland attends Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Georgia, and he is rated as a four-star recruit. The 2024 prospect holds more than 30 D1 offers.
Saban offered Noland during a conversation with the four-star recruit Saturday.
“It was a great moment for me,” Noland told Touchdown Alabama. “Not only just for me but for my family. Not many kids get to say they got an offer from Alabama, and for me to get an offer from coach Saban and the University of Alabama, it made me feel very honored and blessed. I put a lot of hard work into the game of football, and hard work pays off at the end of the day.”
The Tide have shown an ability to develop quarterbacks in recent history with Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones starting in the NFL.
Bryce Young looks to be well on his way to adding to Alabama’s recent success at the position in the league. Noland believes Alabama has everything a student-athlete would need.
“The hardware they have at Alabama is not there for no reason,” said Noland. “The legacy speaks for itself. They have everything you are looking for on the field there; the trophies, the coaches, the players and the staff. Off the field, they have a great institution for student-athletes. When I think of the university of Alabama, I think of the trophies, the National Championships and of course coach Saban.”
The new Alabama had great things to about Saban after talking to him Saturday.
“Coach Saban is a very kind and welcoming guy,” Noland said. “He is very smart, very intelligent when it comes to the game of football and when it comes to the game of life. He is definitely an outstanding coach. Meeting coach Saban for the second time was an honor for me. Like I said before, coach Saban is second to none.”
Alabama currently has a commitment from 2024 five-star quarterback commit, Julian Sayin. It appears the Tide is open to adding another quarterback to this class, similar to what they did in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Noland is open to being that second quarterback.
“You have to compete at the job I play, which is quarterback,” said Noland. “You can not run away from competition, especially at the position I play, especially with the game of football. Competition is something you can not shy away from. I know they have a commit. At the end of the day, it is business. Coach actually told me he is going to take two in his class, just knowing that they have a commit is something I have to take into consideration. But at the end of the day, I would love to go out and compete with any and every quarterback in the country.”
At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Noland led Langston Hughes to a 6A state championship during the 2022 football season. His accuracy and ability to drop the football in his target’s hands were among his biggest strengths during that run. He finished the year with 4,095 passing yards and 55 touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions.
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Justin Smith is the Director of Recruiting for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith