Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com Alabama's Premier Football Website Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:36:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://i0.wp.com/tdalabamamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-TDA.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com 32 32 135213907 Rams DC offers first impressions of former Alabama OLB Terrell Lewis https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/05/rams-dc-offers-first-impressions-of-former-alabama-olb-terrell-lewis/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:36:35 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79107 It’s always important to make a good first impression in any profession you go into. But when you are trying to carve out a role on an NFL roster, it is almost a necessity to catch your coaches eye in order to break into the rotation. That is what former Alabama outside linebacker Terrell Lewis […]]]>

It’s always important to make a good first impression in any profession you go into.

But when you are trying to carve out a role on an NFL roster, it is almost a necessity to catch your coaches eye in order to break into the rotation. That is what former Alabama outside linebacker Terrell Lewis is trying to do with his new team the Los Angeles Rams.

After getting selected with the 84th overall pick, it is safe to say there are moderate expectations for Lewis to morph into a contributing player for the defense.

With how the NFL is right now with the coronavirus restrictions on face to face workouts in their facilities, the rookies will not a ton of opportunity for interaction with their coaches until training camp begins.

But that hasn’t stopped Lewis’ name from being brought up by the staff, for new defensive coordinator Brandon Staley is well aware of the talent he has at outside linebacker.

“I think you guys are probably aware of his talent,” Staley told TheRams.com. “His talent is not indicative of where he was drafted, but we’re excited about the skillset he brings to the table, and hopefully we can get his best football. I think it’s still ahead of him. I think he’s still a developing player, but from a skillset standpoint, he’s what you’re looking for in an outside rusher.”

When taking a closer looking at the highlights, it is obvious that Lewis is a difference maker for whatever defense he suits up for. The question with him has always been whether he can fend off the injury bug.

In his three years with the Crimson Tide, Lewis appeared in just 26 games and never played a full season in Tuscaloosa. Within those games Lewis recorded 58 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, three pass deflections and one fumble recovery.

At one point in time Lewis was valued as high as a first round talent by NFL teams before he missed time this past season with a knee injury.

Despite all the troubles of staying on the football field the Rams still value his talent greatly by spending the pick on him to hopefully fill a need on defense.

The Rams are looking to try and replace the loss of fellow SEC pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. who signed with the Atlanta Falcons this past offseason. Lewis is a very similar type of player to Fowler which is likely what intrigued the Rams to make the selection.

Players are scheduled to report to camp on July 28 so Lewis will finally be able to show he can be a force in the NFL.

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Grading Alabama’s assistant coaches from 2019 season: Charles Huff https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/05/grading-alabamas-assistant-coaches-from-2019-season-charles-huff-2/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:03:26 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79103 In this series of articles, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine will be grading the performance of Alabama’s assistant coaches from last season. This will be a breakdown of analysis, strengths, weaknesses, projections and an overall grade for each coach. The purpose of this is to provide Crimson Tide fans with an in-depth look at […]]]>

In this series of articles, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine will be grading the performance of Alabama’s assistant coaches from last season. This will be a breakdown of analysis, strengths, weaknesses, projections and an overall grade for each coach.

The purpose of this is to provide Crimson Tide fans with an in-depth look at all position coaches and coordinators on staff. 

RELATED: Alabama is no longer the undisputed king of the SEC, according to one ESPN analyst

After talking with various respectable sources within the program, listed below is the evaluation of running backs’ coach Charles Huff. 

Charles Huff 

-Position: RB’s coach 

-Years of experience: 14 

-Time spent at Alabama: One year 

-Strengths: Effort, recruiting, ball security 

-Weaknesses: Aggressiveness, details, toughness, explosive plays (consistently) 

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Former Tide safety Roman Harper on 2019 defense: “It was not tough; teams did what they wanted to” https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/05/former-tide-safety-roman-harper-on-2019-defense-it-was-not-tough-teams-did-what-they-wanted-to/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:52:23 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79100 Nothing challenges Alabama football quite like someone that played for the program.  On Friday of last week, former Crimson Tide safety Roman Harper was featured on In My Own Words with yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine. A native of Prattville, Ala., Harper attended the University of Alabama from 2002-05 and played three seasons in […]]]>

Nothing challenges Alabama football quite like someone that played for the program. 

On Friday of last week, former Crimson Tide safety Roman Harper was featured on In My Own Words with yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine. A native of Prattville, Ala., Harper attended the University of Alabama from 2002-05 and played three seasons in the secondary. 

He was a force on the Tide’s 2005 defense and finished his career being sixth all-time in school history for total tackles (307). Harper did not win a Southeastern Conference title or a national championship; however, he set the building blocks in motion for what came with Nick Saban. 

After a successful 11-year career in the National Football League, Harper is a Super Bowl champion with the New Orleans Saints, two-time Pro Bowl selection and will go into the Saints’ Hall of Fame. As much as he enjoyed the NFL, Harper truly loves his Alma mater – especially on defense. He was not pleased with what he saw last season and he challenged the team to be tougher. 

“Someone has to go out there and hit somebody,” Harper said. “The defense last year was not tough, they did not stop anybody on third down, and teams did what they wanted. I know you still had some early draft picks, but that defense was not good. Until Alabama’s defense plays better consistently, they are not going to stop teams. They need to be able to get stops on third down and find someone that can rush the passer. Alabama needs to continue to grow defensively.” 

Much like former Tide players Matt Caddell and Chris Rogers, Harper also challenged junior defensive back Patrick Surtain II. He said it is time for the native Floridian and five-star to put everything together and show he’s the best cornerback in the nation. 

RELATED: VIDEO: Alabama’s Najee Harris pushing to be the ‘fastest’ RB in college football this year

Harper did not hold anything back, as he expects more from the Tide this season.  

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Amarius Mims pushes up his commitment date https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/05/amarius-mims-pushes-up-his-commitment-date/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:43:51 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79093 Alabama’s 2021 5-Star offensive tackle target, Amarius Mims, announced he will push up his commitment date to Aug. 15 Sunday via Twitter. i will be committing AUG. 15th!!!MARK YOUR CALENDARS🙂 — 〽️ I 〽️ S (@amarius_mims) July 5, 2020 Alabama has been in a good position with Mims for more than six months now. At […]]]>

Alabama’s 2021 5-Star offensive tackle target, Amarius Mims, announced he will push up his commitment date to Aug. 15 Sunday via Twitter.

Alabama has been in a good position with Mims for more than six months now. At the Future 50 Media Day Event in Orlando, Florida in December, the Georgia product expressed the Tide was one of the schools he had the best relationship with. Mims was able to get to Tuscaloosa the following month in January, which proved to be a vital visit since recruiting restrictions were put in place two months later.

Mims was originally set to announce his commitment in October, but now it looks as if his commitment will come before his senior season. It is safe to assume the Tide is still a major player in his recruitment.

The 6-7 300 pound lineman is an athletic prospect, who will most likely play offensive tackle at the next level. He knows how to keep his feet up under him when blocking and continues to block down the field and get to the second level.

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The Tide currently has one offensive lineman commit in 5-Star offensive tackle, JC Latham. The Brockermyer twins, Jager Burton and William Parker along with Mims remain high on Alabama’s offensive linemen board.

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Monkell Goodwine talks contact with the Tide, latest in recruitment https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/05/monkell-goodwine-talks-contact-with-the-tide-latest-in-recruitment/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 14:41:50 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79084 2021 4-Star defensive end, Monkell Goodwine, recently posted a screenshot to social media of a Zoom conference call he had Nick Saban, but Saban is not the only Alabama coach, who has been in contact with Goodwine. Nick Saban on video call with 2021 4-Star DE, Monkell Goodwine. Photo via Goodwine’s Instagram account. pic.twitter.com/axXKDYmr7l — […]]]>

2021 4-Star defensive end, Monkell Goodwine, recently posted a screenshot to social media of a Zoom conference call he had Nick Saban, but Saban is not the only Alabama coach, who has been in contact with Goodwine.

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WATCH: Calvin Ridley’s route-running has Falcon fans very excited for this season https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/04/watch-calvin-ridleys-route-running-has-falcon-fans-very-excited-for-this-season/ Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:33:09 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79080 Not too many defenders in high school or college willingly chose to defend Calvin Ridley one-on-one. Before the arrival of Jerry Jeudy in 2017, Ridley was a juke-moving, route-running machine from Florida in the 2015 recruiting class for Alabama.   As a five-star athlete, Ridley earned Freshman All-American honors – following a season of 1,045 […]]]>

Not too many defenders in high school or college willingly chose to defend Calvin Ridley one-on-one. Before the arrival of Jerry Jeudy in 2017, Ridley was a juke-moving, route-running machine from Florida in the 2015 recruiting class for Alabama.  

As a five-star athlete, Ridley earned Freshman All-American honors – following a season of 1,045 receiving yards with seven touchdowns on 89 catches. He paced the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship and a national title.

Although he would not have another 1,000-yard year, he finished second all-time for career receptions (224), third in receiving yards (2,781) and fifth in touchdowns (19). In his final College Football Playoff national title meeting with Georgia in 2018, Ridley caught one of three scores from then freshman, Tua Tagovailoa 

RELATED: Alabama fan and ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had ‘great conversation with Tide players and coaches’

He was taken at No. 26 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2018 NFL Draft and through two seasons, Ridley has 1,687 yards with 17 touchdowns on 127 catches. He’s totaled at least 800 yards receiving in each of the last two years, and year three shaping up to be even better. 

While he’s on the same team as former Tide standout Julio Jones, Ridley takes great pride in his route-running skills.

In a video he posted to Instagram this week, supporters of the Falcons and Alabama football were mesmerized by the moves he put defenders. His quickness to break off routes, work back to the quarterback, and maneuver around the field with ease is effortless. 

Ridley’s craft not only caught the attention of superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson, but it also has fans anticipating a 1,000-yard campaign for him.

After losing Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper, more opportunities will open for Matt Ryan to look in Ridley’s direction this fall. 

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VIDEO: Alabama’s Najee Harris pushing to be the ‘fastest’ RB in college football this year https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/04/video-alabamas-najee-harris-pushing-to-be-the-fastest-rb-in-college-football-this-year/ Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:00:44 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79076 His aim is to be a complete player this fall and speed is what he is lacking.  Despite a slow start to the 2019 season, Najee Harris exploded with his first career 1,000-yard rushing campaign (1,224) and totaled 13 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes – including seven for scores and instead of turning professional, […]]]>

His aim is to be a complete player this fall and speed is what he is lacking. 

Despite a slow start to the 2019 season, Najee Harris exploded with his first career 1,000-yard rushing campaign (1,224) and totaled 13 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes – including seven for scores and instead of turning professional, he chose to return to Alabama this year. For the former five-star out of California, consistent speed and aggressiveness are both areas needing improvement.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is a tremendous athlete who did not begin tapping into his potential greatness until a matchup versus LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

After that game, a different person started running the ball for Alabama. 

RELATED: VIDEO: 4-star OLB Dallas Turner is a ‘special’ talent, Charles Huff dominating on recruiting trail

Former NFL rusher Derrick Blaylock and ex-Auburn star Brad Lester have both been training with Harris this summer. The idea for both has been to get the speed, explosiveness, pad level and aggressiveness/decision-making in order for Harris. While both guys appreciate the athlete that he is, Blaylock said ‘speed kills’ and the moment Harris gets his 40-time to a 4.40 it’s over for defenses in college football.

Harris has been running on overspeed treadmills, racing drones and performing other exercises dedicated to his training. He has quite a few goals he wants to accomplish in the coming season, and both Blaylock and Lester want to see it happen. 

On Friday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine highlighted the training regimen of Harris via In My Own Words 

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Alabama in top 8 for 5-Star DT, Maason Smith https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/04/alabama-in-top-8-for-5-star-dt-maason-smith/ Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:04:59 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79063 2021 5-Star defensive tackle, Maason Smith, released his top eight Saturday and included Alabama. THE END IS COMING……🎱 #1of1 pic.twitter.com/h3UHocYKfe — MAASON SMITH (@maassoonn_) July 4, 2020 Smith’s most recent top school list was rounded out by LSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, Miami, USC, Oregon and Florida.  The Terrebonne (LA) High School product held 30 Division 1 […]]]>

2021 5-Star defensive tackle, Maason Smith, released his top eight Saturday and included Alabama.

Smith’s most recent top school list was rounded out by LSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, Miami, USC, Oregon and Florida.  The Terrebonne (LA) High School product held 30 Division 1 offers before cutting his list to eight. The Tide last hosted him in November when they went up against the LSU Tigers for an unofficial visit.

Alabama first offered Smith in March of 2019 and have continued to recruit him throughout this recruiting ded period via Zoom and phone. The Tide were also included in a top 10 Smith released in October.

At 6-5 and 316 pounds, Smith had more than 80 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. The 5-Star recruit also proved to be hard to block during the last football season with his ability to use a quick first step and his agility. Terrebonne allowed him to rush from the edge and cause disruption up the middle.

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Alabama currently has one 2021 defensive tackle committed in 3-Star prospect, Anquin Barnes. Their recruiting board include multiple defensive tackle prospects, including Damon Payne and Tim Keenan.

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WATCH: Who will commit to Alabama this month? https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/03/who-will-commit-to-alabama-this-month/ Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:59:50 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79027 Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class currently sits at 10 commits and could add some more pledges this month. RELATED: ALABAMA’S 2021 COMMITMENT LIST Scouting/Recruiting analyst, Justin Smith, breaks down, who he feels will commit to the Crimson Tide next on the latest episode of “The Process.” Smith also provided some recruiting updates. WATCH VIDEO BELOW:]]>

Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class currently sits at 10 commits and could add some more pledges this month.

RELATED: ALABAMA’S 2021 COMMITMENT LIST

Scouting/Recruiting analyst, Justin Smith, breaks down, who he feels will commit to the Crimson Tide next on the latest episode of “The Process.”

Smith also provided some recruiting updates.

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VIDEO: 4-star OLB Dallas Turner is a ‘special’ talent, Charles Huff dominating on recruiting trail https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/02/video-4-star-olb-dallas-turner-is-a-special-talent-charles-huff-dominating-on-recruiting-trail/ Fri, 03 Jul 2020 01:17:10 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79019 Not only is Alabama continuing to heat up on the recruiting trail, but it’s taking all the talent from the state of Florida for 2021. On Wednesday, the Crimson Tide landed its 10th verbal commitment and fifth from the sunshine state in four-star outside linebacker, Dallas Turner.  After signing a haul of players at the position […]]]>

Not only is Alabama continuing to heat up on the recruiting trail, but it’s taking all the talent from the state of Florida for 2021.

On Wednesday, the Crimson Tide landed its 10th verbal commitment and fifth from the sunshine state in four-star outside linebacker, Dallas Turner. 

After signing a haul of players at the position in 2019 and 2020, getting a talent like Turner provides a huge smile on Sal Sunseri’s face.

Sunseri, 59, will enter his second year at outside linebackers’ coach for Alabama this fall.

He is in his second stint with the program, as he was first with the Tide from 2009-11 – serving as assistant head coach and linebackers’ coach. 

RELATED: VIDEO: Nick Saban proud of veteran leadership stepping up this summer

Jeff Banks, tight ends’ coach and special teams’ coordinator, gets much love on the recruiting trail but Charles Huff is starting to pop.

The second-year running backs’ coach was responsible for the school getting the commitments of JC Latham (five-star, offensive tackle), Jacorey Brooks (four-star, wide receiver), Devonta Smith (four-star, defensive back) and now Turner. 

Justin Smith, the lead scouting/recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, joined yours truly via In My Own Words on Wednesday to talk Turner and Huff. While he mentioned Turner being a ‘special’ talent, Smith said Huff needs to land a commitment from four-star running back Donovan Edwards to put the icing on a very strong class to this point. 

Per Smith, Edwards is currently leaning toward Michigan. 

Latham is the lone commitment to have a diamond grade from Smith. He has one diamond, which means “immediate contributor and game changer.”

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Alabama is no longer the undisputed king of the SEC, according to one ESPN analyst https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/02/alabama-is-no-longer-the-undisputed-king-of-the-sec-according-to-one-espn-analyst/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:50:33 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79012 Here we go again.  An offseason is never an offseason, unless a news outlet or a reporter puts out information on Alabama football no longer being the best.  Prior to Dan Wolken penning his piece to USA TODAY on the Crimson Tide’s run of championships being over in 2015, media pundits gathered together at SEC Media […]]]>

Here we go again. 

An offseason is never an offseason, unless a news outlet or a reporter puts out information on Alabama football no longer being the best. 

Prior to Dan Wolken penning his piece to USA TODAY on the Crimson Tide’s run of championships being over in 2015, media pundits gathered together at SEC Media Days in July and said the Tide had too many issues. 

Alabama turned the criticism into a national title, and now Brad Edwards of ESPN is resurfacing an old story. After its second year without a College Football Playoff title, Edwards did an SEC Preview video on last week and said the Tide is ‘no longer the undisputed king of the SEC.’ 

“LSU unseated the Crimson Tide in 2019 by first winning in Tuscaloosa, and then bringing home both the conference and national titles,” Edwards said. “Auburn has beaten Alabama in two of the last three years, and Georgia took the Tide to the wire in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.” 

Although all of these were true, LSU had to hold on to win by five points, there were questionable calls in last year’s Iron Bowl, and Georgia could not pull the trigger in both matchups – despite having a lead on the Tide in both CFP title game and SEC title contest. 

The biggest thing Edwards mentioned was the aspect Alabama built itself on under Nick Saban has started to crumble.

RELATED: Former NFL running back getting Najee Harris to be ‘much faster’ this season

While the offense is trending forward, he said the defense is heading in the opposite direction.

Alabama has dealt with unfortunate injuries in the last two seasons and it has led to Saban parting ways with Scott Cochran, the Tide’s head director of strength of conditioning for the last 13 years. With a healthy roster and a new sports performance staff, Saban anticipates making national media eat its words again.

It has been the third year in a series to serve as a national title year. This fall represents the third year in a series for Alabama. 

He does not pay attention to the information from the media, but Saban is ready to see his team return to the big stage and finish the job.  

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VIDEO: Nick Saban proud of veteran leadership stepping up this summer https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/02/video-nick-saban-proud-of-veteran-leadership-stepping-up-this-summer/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:56:28 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79006 Has the leadership council returned for Alabama football?  Nick Saban spoke on it last week via Crimson Tide Sports Network.   He told the cast of Eli Gold, John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson and others on his excitement to have veteran players back on the roster this season. Saban said he is ‘very proud’ to […]]]>

Has the leadership council returned for Alabama football? 

Nick Saban spoke on it last week via Crimson Tide Sports Network.  

He told the cast of Eli Gold, John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson and others on his excitement to have veteran players back on the roster this season. Saban said he is ‘very proud’ to see this group take initiative in helping younger players, as well as continuing to work on themselves.  

RELATED: Former NFL running back getting Najee Harris to be ‘much faster’ this season

After not winning a national championship in each of the last two seasons, the experienced leaders on this year’s team – which include Najee Harris, Alex Leatherwood, Dylan Moses and DeVonta Smith – all decided to return for another year instead of turning pro.

Each athlete has been locked in during the in-person voluntary workouts and team meetings via Zoom.  

With national media outlets counting the Crimson Tide out, Saban and company are looking forward to proving again that it’s the measuring stick of college football.

Despite technical issues, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine released a segment via In My Own Words on Wednesday in discussing how important this campaign is to the veterans on the team.  

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Former NFL running back getting Najee Harris to be ‘much faster’ this season https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/02/former-nfl-running-back-getting-najee-harris-to-be-much-faster-this-season/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:23:37 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=79002 We know the slogan “speed kills” is true in the National Football League, but it begins at the college football level. The toughest players to defend are those who are difficult to get an angle on and tackle. It is usually the ones who work well in space and have a feel for the ball […]]]>

We know the slogan “speed kills” is true in the National Football League, but it begins at the college football level.

The toughest players to defend are those who are difficult to get an angle on and tackle.

It is usually the ones who work well in space and have a feel for the ball in their hands that end up creating scoring opportunities and causing nightmares for defensive minds. 

During the middle portion of the 2019 season, Najee Harris started to tap into his potential of being a complete player.

With six 100-yard rushing performances, the former five-star via California ended the year with 1,224 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He also totaled 27 catches, including seven for touchdowns, and could have turned pro yet he chose to return to Alabama. 

RELATED: Alabama fan and ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had ‘great conversation with Tide players and coaches’

Now a senior, he has all the motivation to accomplish his personal goals. 

While his main focus is winning a national championship, Harris has his sights locked on a possible Heisman Trophy, some All-American honors and getting selected as a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder has clocked in hours of work this offseason, especially with a former pro running back. Along with Brad Lester, ex-Auburn player, Derrick Blaylock has dedicated time to helping Harris become the most dominant player in the sport. 

A native of Atlanta, Texas, Blaylock was a talented back at Stephen F. Austin. 

He was taken in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and played seven years in the league. Blaylock recorded 820 yards rushing, 520 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns during his career. He was with the Chiefs (2001-04), New York Jets (2005-06) and Washington Redskins (2007). In speaking with him on Wednesday, Blaylock told yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine that speed is the primary thing he’s training Harris on. 

“If he (Harris) gets faster, it makes him a more dynamic player,” Blaylock said. “He has all the tools. Once we get him down to 4.40 – 40 speed, it’s game over. Every player wants to be faster.” 

With Blaylock, Harris has been exploding through bags in footwork exercises, keeping his pad level low, and doing overspeed training on a speed treadmill. Both Blaylock and Lester respect the athlete and humble personality of Harris; however, they also see huge potential of a monster season if he can faster.

He has recently created a YouTube channel for Crimson Tide fans to see him go about his workout routine.

It is going to be exciting watching Harris at work in the fall. 

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Kamari Lassiter has Alabama in his Top 6 https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/02/kamari-lassiter-has-alabama-in-his-top-6/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:40:25 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78993 2021 4-Star defensive back, Kamari Lassiter, announced his top six Wednesday and included in-town program, Alabama. The Tuscaloosa product currently plays at American Christian Academy. Lassiter also included Georgia Tech, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Florida State in his top six. The Tide last hosted the rising senior in February for its junior day event. RELATED: […]]]>

2021 4-Star defensive back, Kamari Lassiter, announced his top six Wednesday and included in-town program, Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa product currently plays at American Christian Academy. Lassiter also included Georgia Tech, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Florida State in his top six. The Tide last hosted the rising senior in February for its junior day event.

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Since that visit, multiple members of the Tide’s staff have been in contact with Lassiter.

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4-Star LB, Kendrick Blackshire, eyeing commitment announcement https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/02/4-star-lb-kendrick-blackshire-eyeing-commitment-announcement/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:05:30 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78988 Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class is on fire as they have added two commits in this week alone and could be in the mix to add another. 2021 4-Star linebacker and Alabama target, Kendrick Blackshire, tweeted ‘I will be committing soon’  Wednesday. I will be committing soon 🦍🙏🏾 — Kendrick Blackshire (@KendrickBlacks1) July 2, 2020 The […]]]>

Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class is on fire as they have added two commits in this week alone and could be in the mix to add another.

2021 4-Star linebacker and Alabama target, Kendrick Blackshire, tweeted ‘I will be committing soon’  Wednesday.

The Tide has been recruiting the Texas product for over two years now after offering him in February of 2018. They last hosted him for a visit in June of 2019. Since recruiting restrictions put in place due to concerns over the spread of COVID 19 have banned all in-person visits since March, Alabama has not had the opportunity to host Blackshire or evaluate him doing the spring or summer.

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Alabama fan and ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had ‘great conversation with Tide players and coaches’ https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/01/alabama-fan-and-espn-analyst-stephen-a-smith-had-great-conversation-with-tide-players-and-coaches/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:10:03 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78979 Every summer, Nick Saban holds multiple speakings from various athletes and influential people. But because of the current status of the world, some of these speeches have not been able to occur in person with the team. Despite everyone being on lockdown it hasn’t stopped one of Alabama’s biggest supporters in the media to get […]]]>

Every summer, Nick Saban holds multiple speakings from various athletes and influential people. But because of the current status of the world, some of these speeches have not been able to occur in person with the team.

Despite everyone being on lockdown it hasn’t stopped one of Alabama’s biggest supporters in the media to get in touch with the team.

Once again ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith sat down with members of the Crimson Tide over a zoom call.

Although it is unknown as to what the conversation entailed this time, last summer Smith spoke with the Crimson Tide about accountability on the football field and in life.

“There’re a lot of kids out here and you think the world cares about you,” said Smith to the Crimson Tide last August. “The world (doesn’t) give a damn about you. Let me be very very clear in what I’m saying, the world does not give a damn about you it doesn’t give a damn about me. You are a commodity or you are a liability.”

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More Alabama commits to come according to Jeff Banks https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/01/more-alabama-commit-to-come-according-to-jeff-banks/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:18:54 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78978 Alabama’s coaching staff has been dropping hints this entire week, that more good news is soon to come for the Tide on the recruiting trail. Alabama’s special teams’ coordinator and tight ends coach, Jeff Banks, is the latest to do so. After 4-Star outside linebacker, Dallas Turner announced his commitment to the Tide Wednesday, Banks […]]]>

Alabama’s coaching staff has been dropping hints this entire week, that more good news is soon to come for the Tide on the recruiting trail.

Alabama’s special teams’ coordinator and tight ends coach, Jeff Banks, is the latest to do so. After 4-Star outside linebacker, Dallas Turner announced his commitment to the Tide Wednesday, Banks took to Twitter to tweet, “ROLLtide! oh and by the way we ain’t done yet! #RTR.”

It is no secret Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class is rolling and is on fire this week. Nine recruits have chosen to commit to Alabama since April and two of them have announced their decision over the last 72 hours. With Turner and Smith’s decision in, what is next for the Tide?

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WATCH: Kaine Williams is recruiting for the Tide, preparing for expanded role https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/01/watch-kaine-williams-is-recruiting-for-the-tide-preparing-for-expanded-role/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:00:54 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78976 Alabama’s 2021 4-Star defensive back commit, Kaine Williams, is one of the many Alabama commits, who have put on their recruiting hats to help the Tide pull in an impressive recruiting class. Scouting/Recruiting analyst, Justin Smith, was joined by Williams on the latest episode of “The Process” to discuss him committing to Alabama, Nick Saban […]]]>

Alabama’s 2021 4-Star defensive back commit, Kaine Williams, is one of the many Alabama commits, who have put on their recruiting hats to help the Tide pull in an impressive recruiting class.

Scouting/Recruiting analyst, Justin Smith, was joined by Williams on the latest episode of “The Process” to discuss him committing to Alabama, Nick Saban and more. Smith also provided some recruiting updates on the show.

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Tide coaches, recruits and fans react to Dallas Turner committing to Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/01/tide-coaches-recruits-and-fans-react-to-dallas-turner-committing-alabama/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:44:38 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78964 Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class now has ten commits with Dallas Turner’s pledge. RELATED: Dallas Turner commits to Alabama Alabama’s coaches, current commits, targets and fans took to social media to react to Turner’s commitment and share their excitement. Alabama’s Coaches Jeff Banks – Alabama’s special teams’ coordinator Rolltide! Oh and the by the way we […]]]>

Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class now has ten commits with Dallas Turner’s pledge.

RELATED: Dallas Turner commits to Alabama

Alabama’s coaches, current commits, targets and fans took to social media to react to Turner’s commitment and share their excitement.

Alabama’s Coaches

Jeff Banks – Alabama’s special teams’ coordinator

Karl Scott – Alabama’s defensive back coach

 

Alabama Commits, Targets

Agiye hall – 5-Star – WR (Alabama Commit)

 

Christian Leary – 4-Star WR (Alabama Commit)

Jason Marshall – 5-Star – CB

Amarius Mims – 5-Star – OL

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Alabama running backs coach Charles Huff has been impressive on his recruiting trail according to Justin Smith https://tdalabamamag.com/2020/07/01/alabama-running-backs-coach-charles-huff-has-been-impressive-on-his-recruiting-trail-according-to-justin-smith/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:35:29 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=78932 Since his arrival to Alabama in 2007, no head coach has done a better job of recruiting than Nick Saban. In his 13 seasons with the Crimson Tide, Saban has been able to add over 50 five star recruits to the team, and that list grows every offseason. But what isn’t seen by the masses […]]]>

Since his arrival to Alabama in 2007, no head coach has done a better job of recruiting than Nick Saban.

In his 13 seasons with the Crimson Tide, Saban has been able to add over 50 five star recruits to the team, and that list grows every offseason.

But what isn’t seen by the masses is the impact that Saban’s numerous assistants have on convincing these young student athletes to roll with the tide. He doesn’t have enough time to be the lead man on every single player Alabama wants, which means he will assign his other spectacular assistants to help get the job done.

One of the staffers who has shined during the 2021 recruiting cycle has been running backs coach Charles Huff.

Touchdown Alabama’s lead scouting and recruiting analyst Justin Smith, has been reporting on the recruiting trail all year and has consistently seen Huff’s name being brought up from some of Alabama’s top recruits.

Huff has been the lead recruiter for some of the Crimson Tide’s top 2021 commitments which includes four star wide receiver Jacorey Brooks, five star offensive tackle JC Latham, newly flipped four star defensive back Devonta Smith, four star running back Donovan Edwards and now four star outside linebacker Dallas Turner.

RELATED: 4-star OLB, Dallas Turner, commits to Alabama

The impressive part about it is that all five of these players have committed to Alabama, and Huff has been integral to the recruiting success, especially with Edwards.

“They have been telling me I can come in and continue the legacy of great running backs and build my own legacy to myself, just come in and have a big impact with the Roll Tide program,” Edwards told Justin Smith.

Huff surely has the cache to back it up when he tells a recruit he can come in and be another great Alabama running back.

After arriving at Alabama in 2019, Huff has been able to coach up the likes of running backs like Brian Robinson Jr. and Najee Harris, who had his first 1,000 yard season last year. He also boasts over 12 years of experience at the position at both the college and NFL level.

“Huff is a name, that has came up multiple times with recruits who he is the lead recruiter for,” said Smith. “I think he does a great job of keeping contact with recruits and painting the picture of what Alabama has to offer.

“For example, JC Latham was not considering Alabama much at all heading into the spring. Huff led the charge to get Alabama back in the front of his mind and ultimately grab his commitment.”

Huff is amongst the many recruiting stars on Alabama’s staff who will continue to aid the Crimson Tide in remaining as the most dominant force in recruiting.

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