What Tommy Rees hiring means for Alabama football recruiting
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Tommy Rees is expected to be Alabama football’s next offensive coordinator, and all signs point to him being an upgrade for the Crimson Tide on the recruiting trail.
It is well documented Alabama’s last offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien had limited recruiting impact during his time in Tuscaloosa. This was mainly because he strictly recruited quarterbacks, helping the Tide land Ty Simpson, Eli Holstein and Dylan Lonergan.
Rees displayed a national wide recruiting footprint during his time with the Fighting Irish. The Tide’s new offensive coordinator is credited with helping Notre Dame land recruits from Georgia, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
The Notre Dame alumnus was the primary recruiter for the Fighting Irish’s quarterback targets, and he has had success in the area in recent years. He was also tasked with recruiting offensive linemen, tight ends and wide receivers.
Rees is a young coordinator at 30-years-old. Traditionally, younger coordinators perform better on the recruiting trail due to their ability to connect better with recruits. It was not long ago when Reese was a college football player himself. He played quarterback at Notre Dame from 2010 to 2013, and he was a part of the Notre Dame team Alabama beat in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
Alabama is expected to get Rees on the recruiting trail as soon as possible.
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Justin Smith is the Director of Recruiting for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith