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WATCH: Why Kalen DeBoer’s ability to retain the majority of Alabama’s 2024 class is impressive?

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People will evaluate him for his recruiting power in the NCAA transfer portal and from the 2025 freshmen class on down, but Kalen DeBoer did accomplish an impressive feat by retaining the majority of Alabama’s 2024 recruiting class.

The Crimson Tide signed 23 student-athletes in the early signing period; however, it lost two names when Nick Saban announced his retirement from coaching the Tide. Julian Sayin (five-star quarterback) and Jameer Grimsley (four-star athlete) decided to transfer to other schools. Twenty-one of the 23 names, 91 percent, remained on the University of Alabama’s roster.

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Coach DeBoer was able to keep the majority of players in house. In a new podcast, I explained to John Ivory and Eli Walker of Touchdown Alabama Magazine how impressive it was for DeBoer to keep the roster together. 

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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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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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