Touchdown Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com Alabama's Premier Football Website Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:22:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 135213907 Records Saban Still Hasn’t Broken But Could https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/24/records-saban-still-hasnt-broken-but-could/ https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/24/records-saban-still-hasnt-broken-but-could/#respond Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:22:00 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47957 If you're wondering what records Saban has broken and may never break, this is the article you've been looking for. Let us know in the comment section if you think of another.]]>

Records Saban Still Hasn’t Broken But Could

By: Larry Burton

Yes, Nick Saban is the King of college football right now and many can make the argument that he could be the best of all time. It’s good to be the King, but there are some records out there that Saban still hasn’t achieved.

Presently he is tied with Paul Bear Bryant for most national championships at six each. Most would argue that with the years left on Saban’s contract and the talent he brings in each year that this record is one record Saban will break. The only person who is close to Saban is Urban Meyer with three titles and at just age 53, he too has a shot a breaking Bryant’s record, but it’s unlikely he can top Saban’s eventual total.

With three titles and at just 53, can Meyer catch Saban?

However, with just seven SEC Championships, Saban may be hard pressed to break Bryant’s record of 14 may be a much harder record to break. Saban also had a MAC Conference championship but Bryant also had another major conference championship in the SouthWest Conference. Perhaps because of Bryant’s big lead in championships, he also leads Saban with 12 SEC Coach of the Year titles, Saban has just 4. That may be an unbeatable record.

Bryant’s 14 SEC titles is a high hurdle

As for national awards, Bryant won three National Coach of the Year awards and Saban has won for three years also. As for how Saban and Bryant’s three titles stack up to others, there are so many different committees that offer that title that it’s hard to see where they stack up there.

What is easy to see however, is overall winning percentage. This is a record that Saban would be very hard pressed to ever break even with many undefeated season in the future. Presently Saban has a .778 overall winning percentage. There are 59 coaches ahead of him right now with a higher overall winning percentage. If you ignore Larry Keres, who coached at Mount Union, not exactly a major school, then the leaders are Knute Rockne with an .881 winning percentage and Frank Leahy with an .864 average. Both of which coached at Notre Dame, but Leahy also coached at Boston College for one year.

Rockne’s record is going to be a hard one for anyone to break.

While awards for best recruiting class is a fairly recent phenomenon, Nick Saban does own the record for most top classes and it’s one that’s unlikely to be broken as other schools have trouble staying near this consistent to number one.

The one record Saban can never break, the one record that may be the record for all time, is longevity at one school. Joe Paterno spent 61 years coaching at Penn State. For Saban to break that record, he’d have to coach well past 100 years of age.

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Texans moving former Tide CB Kareem Jackson to safety for 2018 season https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/23/texans-moving-former-tide-cb-kareem-jackson-to-safety-for-2018-season/ Sat, 23 Jun 2018 22:33:18 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=48039 A banged-up defense and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson suffering a season-ending knee injury led to the Houston Texans finishing 2017 at 4-12. The returns of Watson, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus bodes well for head coach Bill O’Brien’s unit and with it also getting defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, Houston’s secondary receives a boost.  In what has been a […]]]>

A banged-up defense and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson suffering a season-ending knee injury led to the Houston Texans finishing 2017 at 4-12.

The returns of Watson, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus bodes well for head coach Bill O’Brien’s unit and with it also getting defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, Houston’s secondary receives a boost. 

In what has been a progressive offseason for the Texans, the biggest news story came Friday via John McClain – NFL reporter on the Texans for the Houston Chronicle. According to McClain, the franchise has decided to move Kareem Jackson from cornerback to safety for next season. 

Jackson, who enters his ninth NFL season this fall, is the longest-tenured player in Houston’s defensive backfield. Since being selected in the first round (20th pick) of the 2010 draft, Jackson has totaled 472 tackles, 14 interceptions, 70 pass breakups and three touchdowns. 

The former University of Alabama standout posted a career-high 73 stops in 2017, while his 10 pass breakups led the Texans. With the team not having a high-end player at safety, paring the 5-foot-10, 185-pound ball hawk with Mathieu could be a strong move for O’Brien and his staff. 

Prior to his arrival in the pros, Jackson was a major component in helping Alabama football secure its first Southeastern Conference championship and BCS national championship during the 2009 season. He finished sixth on the squad in tackles that year (49) and was second in pass breakups with 13.

If it means anything for Jackson, his Alma mater did move Eddie Jackson and Minkah Fitzpatrick from corner to safety and both turned in All-American numbers in that role. 

According to spotrac.com, Jackson will make $9 million in 2018. 

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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Sports Illustrated names UA defensive back as one of top incoming freshmen for 2018 https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/23/sports-illustrated-names-ua-defensive-back-as-one-of-top-incoming-freshmen-for-2018/ Sat, 23 Jun 2018 20:55:32 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=48034 After watching the impact Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm among others made as true freshmen, college football fans and media pundits alike are starting to project fresh faces that will emerge next season. Sports Illustrated released a list on Friday with the five incoming freshmen it expects to have much say on their respective teams this fall.  Regardless of losing six defensive backs to the […]]]>

After watching the impact Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm among others made as true freshmen, college football fans and media pundits alike are starting to project fresh faces that will emerge next season.

Sports Illustrated released a list on Friday with the five incoming freshmen it expects to have much say on their respective teams this fall. 

Regardless of losing six defensive backs to the National Football League, the secondary for the University of Alabama shouldn’t suffer a major drop in production – especially with it signing five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Surtain, 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, was one of the five guys SI is enamored with in terms of when football season returns. 

The product of American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) is doing well in summer workouts and was one of the top defensive backs in the class. He enters Tuscaloosa with intentions of battling Trevon Diggs for a starting role at corner, Shyheim Carter for an opportunity at nickel (star) or Xavier McKinney in a chance for the starting job at safety. 

Due to his ball skills and intelligence, Surtain was not tested during his junior and senior year of high school. He recorded three interceptions combined in both seasons, while leading the team to two 5A state titles in 2016 and 2017. Surtain’s father, Patrick Surtain Sr., served as his coach and played 11 seasons (1998-08) in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. 

With Nick Saban regarded as a defensive genius and Surtain having a strong skill set, the Crimson Tide will find ways to get its young star involved. Alabama fans look to become well acquainted with Surtain, as he anticipates growing into being the next Tide marquee legend. 

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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Ex-Alabama star makes bold statement on defensive end LaBryan Ray https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/22/ex-alabama-star-makes-bold-statement-on-defensive-end-labryan-ray/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:39:14 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=48025 Injuries forced him into action as a true freshman and while the same thing ended his season during the middle of 2017, Alabama fans are excited for year two with LaBryan Ray.  A five-star prospect, the explosive defensive end recorded five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack through six games. Coming from Madison, Ala., Ray […]]]>

Injuries forced him into action as a true freshman and while the same thing ended his season during the middle of 2017, Alabama fans are excited for year two with LaBryan Ray. 

A five-star prospect, the explosive defensive end recorded five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack through six games. Coming from Madison, Ala., Ray was an unstoppable force at James Clemons High School. He collected 290 tackles in his tenure and added 25 sacks, 32 quarterback hurries and 45 tackles for loss – en route to being twice named 7A Lineman of the Year from the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) after the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

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Anfernee Jennings to be Crimson Tide’s most effective pass rusher in 2018 https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/22/anfernee-jennings-to-be-crimson-tides-most-effective-pass-rusher-in-2018/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:44:03 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=48019 When it comes to projecting the best pass rusher for the Alabama football program next season, one cannot go wrong with listing any of the marquee names returning to the roster.  Offensive linemen and quarterbacks shouldn’t feel safe upon being attacked by defensive ends Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs or outside linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis; however, the […]]]>

When it comes to projecting the best pass rusher for the Alabama football program next season, one cannot go wrong with listing any of the marquee names returning to the roster. 

Offensive linemen and quarterbacks shouldn’t feel safe upon being attacked by defensive ends Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs or outside linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis; however, the best of bunch is one that emerged during the 2017 College Football Playoff. 

A four-star recruit in the Crimson Tide’s 2015 signing class, Anfernee Jennings has grown into being the program’s most indispensable edge rusher. This became evident after the 2018 CFP national title game in January, as Terrell Lewis embraced his injured teammate on the field. 

Jennings, who was rolled out in a wheelchair, did not play versus Georgia because of a knee injury he sustained against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 262-pounder has an explosive first step and is very strong at the mesh point. He made a significant jump in production between his sophomore season and redshirt freshman year (2016) — totaling 41 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. 

While his tackles and tackles for loss placed him among team leaders, his outing at Mercedes-Benz Superdome single-handedly led Alabama to a win. Jennings harassed the Tigers’ offense and quarterback Kelly Bryant all game long, to a tune of five tackles (three for loss), one sack and forced two interceptions – including one from Mack Wilson that went for a touchdown. 

One thing to note on Jennings is that he got stronger near the end of the 2017 season. When he returned for
Alabama’s week four game against Vanderbilt after lower leg injury against Florida State, he inserted a pass rush the team was missing. Thirty-two of his 41 tackles (78 percent) came in the meat of the Tide’s schedule against Texas A&M, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn. Jennings’ 2.5 tackles for loss versus the program’s in-state rival set a new career high, while his seven total stops in a matchup with the Aggies was a career high.

He returns with the second-most quarterback hurries and tackles for loss, but Jennings wants to create the best possible NFL Draft stock for himself. Hailing from Dadeville, Ala., his size, speed and disruptive moves compares to former Tide linebacker, Courtney Upshaw.  

Upshaw made a huge improvement between his sophomore (2009) and junior (2010) season, advancing from 15 to 52 tackles. He would also lead the team in tackles for loss with 14.5 and sacks with seven, as he guided Alabama to a BCS national title in the following year (2011). 

Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski has a ton of studs to work with, but Jennings’ drive makes him the most dangerous and one for all eyes to watch in the fall.  

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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Quick Could Go Down as Most Influential Alabama football player of Saban Era. https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/22/quick-could-go-down-as-most-influential-alabama-football-player-of-saban-era/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:15:26 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47988 During the 2008 recruiting cycle, Julio Jones was a 5-Star recruit and was ranked as the No.1 wide receiver in the nation. His commitment to the Tide put coal in a train that has not stopped steamrolling down the tracks. The Tide’s 2008 class also included Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw, Dont’a Hightower, Brad […]]]>

During the 2008 recruiting cycle, Julio Jones was a 5-Star recruit and was ranked as the No.1 wide receiver in the nation. His commitment to the Tide put coal in a train that has not stopped steamrolling down the tracks. The Tide’s 2008 class also included Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw, Dont’a Hightower, Brad Smelley, Terrance Cody, Robert Lester and Barrett Jones. This class was Saban’s first and finish at No. 1. The success this class had on the field left a prolonged impact on Alabama. Jones’ ability to be influential as the leader of that class and those teams made him an Alabama legend.

However, there’s now a new conductor in town.

One that is working effortlessly to make sure the Saban train stays on course. He is non-other than Alabama 5-Star offensive tackle commit, Pierce Quick. He told Touchdown Alabama Magazine exactly what his goal was.

“My goal is to build the best class Saban has ever had,” Quick said.

Quick committed to Alabama on April 22 and his decision has not wavered a bit. Instead, he has shut his recruitment down and put on his recruiting hat to ensure Alabama lands some of the top recruits in the 2019 recruiting class.

Fans get to witness Quick at work first hand on their Twitter feed as they scroll up and down. There might be an occasional “you know what to do” or “Go ahead and make that move bro” sprinkled here and there. What fans don’t get to see is Quick’s personal communication with recruits when he attends camps or via text messages. Those are the ones that have made Quick one of the top recruiters in the 2019 recruiting class.

Alabama now has a  total of 16 commits in their 2019 recruiting class, which is currently ranked as the No.1 class in the nation. It would be preposterous to think Quick didn’t have anything to do with that.

He started in-house and made sure to lock down his teammates that have Alabama offers and with the help of his effort, Alabama has been able to grab verbal commitments from 2019 4-Star QB, Paul Tyson and 2020 4-Star WR, Dazalin Worsham. He has now turned his attention to Malachi Moore, who received an offer from Alabama on Monday and you could bet he is going to try to recruit his teammates, Eric Carter and Armoni Goodwin, who could both be well on their way to receiving offers from Alabama.

The Tide hopes he can help persuade 5-Star center, Clay Webb, to come to Tuscaloosa as well as any other recruit he comes in contact with.

Every recruiting class that Saban has brought in has at least won one national championship. This class hopes their fate is the same as their fearless leader, Pierce Quick, leads the way. If history serves them right, Quick could go down as the most influential player in Alabama football history. It should be no surprise if Quick is one-day coaching D1 football after his playing days are over.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

 

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Full List of Recruits Expected at Champion’s Cookout https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/22/full-list-of-recruits-expected-at-champions-cookout/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:57:56 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47995 Alabama’s annual champion cookout is always a huge weekend for the Tide in terms of recruiting. This year’s event is set to be one of the largest ever as Alabama plans to host some of the top recruits in the nation. Here is a list of some of the guys that will be in Tuscaloosa. *Recruits […]]]>

Alabama’s annual champion cookout is always a huge weekend for the Tide in terms of recruiting. This year’s event is set to be one of the largest ever as Alabama plans to host some of the top recruits in the nation. Here is a list of some of the guys that will be in Tuscaloosa.

*Recruits on commitment watch.

Kayvon Thibodeaux/5-Star DE/2019

Clay Webb/5-Star C/2019

Faatui Tuitele/5-Star DT/2019*

Ishmael Sopsher 5-Star DE/2019

Terry Sanders/5-Star RB/2019

DeMarvin Leal/4-Star DE/2019 ( No Longer Attending)

Jeffery Carter/4-Star CB/2019*

Jaylen McCollogh /4-Star S/2019*

Noa Pola-Gates/4-Star S/2019*

Jarrian Jones 4-Star DB/2019

Terry Lambert 3-Star ATH/2019

George Pickens/ 4-Star WR/2019

Kalen Deloach/ 4-Star LB/2019

Isaiah Hazel2019/4-Star WR/2019

Maninoa Tufano/4-Star LB/2019

Devonta Lee/4-Star ATH/2019

Jalani Williams/4-Star S/2019

Jayson Jones/5-Star DT/2020

Savell Smalls/5-Star LB/2020

Zachary Evans/5-Star RB/2020

Arik Gilbert/ 5-Star RB/2020

Justin Flowe/4-Star LB/2020

Players will be added to list as more names are obtained.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

 

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Alabama Offers Zion Logue https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/21/alabama-offers-zion-logue/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:34:04 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47973 Alabama offered 2019 defensive end, Zion Logue, on Wednesday. “It’s a lifetime dream,” Logue said. Logue spent the day in Tuscaloosa. He got a chance to see all of Alabama’s facilities and got to talk to Nick Saban, who informed him of his offer. “It was a very informational conversation,” Logue said. “He shared plenty […]]]>

Alabama offered 2019 defensive end, Zion Logue, on Wednesday.

“It’s a lifetime dream,” Logue said.

Logue spent the day in Tuscaloosa. He got a chance to see all of Alabama’s facilities and got to talk to Nick Saban, who informed him of his offer.

“It was a very informational conversation,” Logue said. “He shared plenty of great knowledge.”

The Crimson Tide have built there team on the back of hard work by approaching every game and practice like a hard day at the office. Logue notice this from the few hours he spent in Tuscaloosa.

“Alabama is about business,” Logue added. “There is no playing around at all.”

Logue also feels that he is up to the challenge and feels every top recruit should be.

“Every athlete should,” Logue said. “If you couldn’t, something is really wrong with you.”

The Tennessee-native stands at 6-feet-5-inches and 287 pounds. He often demands double teams and keeps his hands moving at all times. His long wingspan gives him the ability to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage, which he does constantly.

Alabama has five defensive lineman commits and would like to add atleast two more. Logue has a huge upside and has potential to do some damage at the next level. Touchdown Alabama Magazine will keep you updated on his recruitment.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

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PODCASTS: Ranking top five cornerbacks, safeties at Alabama under Nick Saban https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/20/podcasts-ranking-top-five-cornerbacks-safeties-at-alabama-under-nick-saban/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:34:45 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47958 He’s been highly regarded as a defensive mastermind throughout his coaching career, but Nick Saban has produced some of his greatest work in the defensive secondary at the University of Alabama.  In placing guys like Ronnie Harrison, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Levi Wallace, Marquis Johnson, Javier Arenas, Mark Barron and Landon Collins among others to the National Football League, he knows […]]]>

He’s been highly regarded as a defensive mastermind throughout his coaching career, but Nick Saban has produced some of his greatest work in the defensive secondary at the University of Alabama. 

In placing guys like Ronnie Harrison, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Levi Wallace, Marquis Johnson, Javier Arenas, Mark Barron and Landon Collins among others to the National Football League, he knows a lot about getting guys prepared to frustrate some of the best receivers in football. 

As yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine continues the offseason installment of top five at each position for the Crimson Tide under Saban on In My Own Words, we look at both cornerbacks and safeties. 

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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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Noa Pola-Gates Excited for Alabama’s Champion Cookout https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/20/noa-pola-gates-excited-for-alabamas-champion-cookout/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:44:02 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47942 Noa Pola-Gates is one of the many top recruits that will visit Tuscaloosa for the annual champion’s cookout this weekend. “I’m so excited to get back there,” Gates said. “My pops is going to be with us this time, so it is a big deal.” Gates has only visited Alabama once. He hopes to make […]]]>

Noa Pola-Gates is one of the many top recruits that will visit Tuscaloosa for the annual champion’s cookout this weekend.

“I’m so excited to get back there,” Gates said. “My pops is going to be with us this time, so it is a big deal.”

Gates has only visited Alabama once. He hopes to make the most out of this visit and get an in-depth understanding of Alabama football and it’s culture.

“I want to retrace my steps from before, but ask more questions,” Gates added. “I also want to talk with more recruits.”

Alabama’s coaching staff has remained in contact with Gates and ensured him that they want him to be part of this class.

“Our communication is good,” Gates said. “I mostly talk to coach Lupoi and coach Scott. They’re talking commitment of course.”

The Arizona-native is a 4-Star recruit. He is ranked as the No.21 safety in the nation.

The Crimson Tide are in a good position with Gates and a commitment soon is not out of the question. He feels his parents will play a vital role in his decision.

“I need my parents to feel secure about letting me go away,” Gates said. “I also want to build and join a brotherhood that will last for the rest of my life.”

Alabama has a total of 16 commits in their 2019 recruiting class and a total of three defensive back commits. Touchdown Alabama Magazine will keep you updated on Gate’s recruitment.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

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The Tide has Shifted https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/20/the-tide-has-shifted/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:53:37 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47928 Nick Saban believes in continued growth. He preaches consistent focus and preparation to avoid complacency in the locker room. Coming off a 2018 recruiting cycle where the Tide finish with a No. 6 ranked class, Saban knew that he had to have a better outcome in the 2019 cycle and they have succeeded thus far. The Tide […]]]>

Nick Saban believes in continued growth. He preaches consistent focus and preparation to avoid complacency in the locker room. Coming off a 2018 recruiting cycle where the Tide finish with a No. 6 ranked class, Saban knew that he had to have a better outcome in the 2019 cycle and they have succeeded thus far.

The Tide now has a total of 16 commits in their 2019 recruiting class and they currently have the No.1 ranked class in the nation. Many 2019 recruits feel there is a new or fresh feel around the program.

“There is a fresh more energetic feel around the program, which I think has been a huge thing in recruiting” Alabama commit, Pierce Quick said.

The excitement that the new coaching staff has brought to Tuscaloosa has rubbed off on the 2019 recruiting class. They are in constant communication and is looking forward to making their connection as strong as possible.

“There is a lot of positive energy,” Alabama commit, Shane Lee said. “I know for the 2019 recruiting class, we talk about Alabama every day and our excitement never dies down.”

The Tide’s new coaches also know that in Tuscaloosa it is a must that they succeed and continue the success Alabama has had on the gridiron. Alabama 2020 wideout commit, Dazalin Worsham feels they are up to the task.

“There is a lot of new guys that are hungry and want to win a national championship,” Worsham said.

Alabama commits are not the only ones that have benefit from these changes. Some of their top targets have noticed this as well.

“I know from the defensive back position, I like coach Scott,” Alabama 2020 DB target, Malachi Moore said. “He is a lot younger and he can relate to us.”

The No.1 LB in the nation, Nakobe Dean, didn’t have a strong relationship with Alabama’s old coaching staff.  Alabama now has a good chance at landing him and he has a good relationship with Alabama linebacker coach, Pete Golding.

Alabama hopes the momentum that these guys have brought carries them back to the top of the recruiting mountain.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

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Malachi Moore Receives an offer From Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/20/malachi-moore-receives-an-offer-from-alabama/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:59:55 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47912 Malachi Moore received an offer from Alabama on Monday after a great camp performance. All Glory To God🙏🏽 Extremely Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Alabama‼️🐘#RollTide 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/rzNbT4DXol — kinggchi™👑 (@Malachi_moore2) June 18, 2018 “It means alot,” Moore said. “Alabama has such a big legacy of winning and a history of putting […]]]>

Malachi Moore received an offer from Alabama on Monday after a great camp performance.

“It means alot,” Moore said. “Alabama has such a big legacy of winning and a history of putting defensive backs in the league.”

Moore was brought into Nick Saban’s office after Monday’s camp and Saban personally told him he received an offer from Alabama.

“Our conversation was cool,” Moore added. “It was actually my first time going to his office and talking to him.”

The Hewitt-Trussville product is a 2020 4-Star recruit and is the No.1 DB in the state of Alabama. He has three teammates that have already committed to Alabama: Paul Tyson, Pierce Quick and Dazalin Worsham. They wasted no time trying to get him to commit.

“They told me to commit as soon as I got the offer,” Moore said.

Moore expressed that this offer does put Alabama towards the top of his list. Alabama currently has three commits in their 2020 recruiting class and would like to add Moore.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

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Alabama freshmen defensive backs looking the part in summer workouts https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/19/alabama-freshmen-defensive-backs-looking-the-part-in-summer-workouts/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:57:36 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47905 While it was a working progress getting Josh Jobe academically eligible to enroll at the University of Alabama, he and fellow freshmen defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr both are expected to have a major impact in the secondary for the upcoming season.   Coming in this year’s recruiting class, Jobe and Surtain will try to help fill the void left […]]]>

While it was a working progress getting Josh Jobe academically eligible to enroll at the University of Alabama, he and fellow freshmen defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr both are expected to have a major impact in the secondary for the upcoming season.  

Coming in this year’s recruiting class, Jobe and Surtain will try to help fill the void left behind from six players that declared for the NFL Draft after the 2017 season.  

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O.J. Howard expects to be targeted more offensively in 2018 at Tampa Bay https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/18/o-j-howard-expects-to-be-targeted-more-offensively-in-2018-at-tampa-bay/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:05:47 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47889 More consistency in leadership and better decision making as a passer are both critical aspects for quarterback Jameis Winston, as Tampa Bay tries to erase a terrible 5-11 finish to 2017.  Along with that, Buccaneers’ coach Dirk Koetter needs to incorporate ways for second-year tight end O.J. Howard to be involved on offense. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound specimen caught 26 […]]]>

More consistency in leadership and better decision making as a passer are both critical aspects for quarterback Jameis Winston, as Tampa Bay tries to erase a terrible 5-11 finish to 2017. 

Along with that, Buccaneers’ coach Dirk Koetter needs to incorporate ways for second-year tight end O.J. Howard to be involved on offense. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound specimen caught 26 passes last season for 432 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He turned in a marquee outing in week six versus the Buffalo Bills, snatching six passes for 98 yards with two scores in a 30-27 loss. 

At Alabama, Howard possessed the traits of being an athletic pass catcher but the Crimson Tide only targeted him in certain situations. While he ended up having over 1,000 yards receiving in Tuscaloosa, the former five-star anticipates having more say on offense this fall in the NFL. 

“There is going to be more on my plate this year,” he said to yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine at his youth camp last week. “There is going to be more asked of me and it is a task that I am ready to take the next step and achieve.” 

The lone thing standing in Howard’s way of more action is fifth-year player, Cameron Brate. 

Brate, an alumnus of Harvard University, was an undrafted free agent in 2014. He signed with the Buccaneers and after being released by the team and the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 16, 2015, Brate found himself back at Tampa Bay six days later as a member of the Bucs’ roster. 

He has accounted for 129 receptions for 1,556 yards and 17 touchdowns, including 48 catches for 591 yards receiving with six scores in 2017. Brate signed a six-year, $41 million extension with the team on March 12, 2018 and the 26-year-old expects his value to continue growing. 

Howard has three years left on his rookie contract – four years, $11 million – with the potential of having a fifth-year option picked up, should he break out this season. It will be interesting to see how the Bucs handle he and Brate moving forward, but Howard is poised for a big year. 

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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BREAKING: Justin Eboigbe Commits to Alabama https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/18/breaking-justin-eboigbe-commits-to-alabama/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:45:19 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47870 4-Star DE, Justin Eboigbe, Announces his commitment to Alabama. He took to Twitter to make his announcement. #ROLLTIDE pic.twitter.com/LQQejM6ylP — Justin Eboigbe (@JustinEboigbe) June 18, 2018 Eboigbe is ranked as the No.10 strong-side defensive end in the nation. He spoke to Touchdown Alabama Magazine when he first received his offer from Alabama. “It feels great […]]]>

4-Star DE, Justin Eboigbe, Announces his commitment to Alabama. He took to Twitter to make his announcement.

Eboigbe is ranked as the No.10 strong-side defensive end in the nation. He spoke to Touchdown Alabama Magazine when he first received his offer from Alabama.

“It feels great to be wanted by the national champions,” Eboigbe said. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to play for the greatest college coach of all time.”

The Georgia-native has raw talent and a great jump off the line. He is often in the back field before a play even has time to develop.

Alabama now has a total of 16 commits in their 2019 recruiting class. Touchdown Alabama Magazine will keep you updated on everything Alabama football.

 

 

 

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Dieter holds youth camp back home, building chemistry with Chiefs’ Pat Mahomes https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/18/dieter-holds-youth-camp-back-home-building-chemistry-with-chiefs-pat-mahomes/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:18:52 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47864 Two former University of Alabama stars took part in giving back to their communities over the weekend and while yours truly of TDAM was present for O.J. Howard’s event in Prattville, Gehrig Dieter was putting smiles on the faces of children during his youth football camp at South Bend Washington High School in Indiana.   According to wndu.com, Dieter performed […]]]>

Two former University of Alabama stars took part in giving back to their communities over the weekend and while yours truly of TDAM was present for O.J. Howard’s event in Prattville, Gehrig Dieter was putting smiles on the faces of children during his youth football camp at South Bend Washington High School in Indiana.  

According to wndu.com, Dieter performed a couple of routes, took part in a few drills and did everything possible to just have fun. Dieter, who hadn’t been home in a while, is becoming quite the role model. When being asked about the event, multiple campers said “it’s fun to get to learn from an NFL player” and one in particular said he wants “to be like Dieter one day.” 

Before having a stellar collegiate career, the 6-foot-3 wide receiver turned in a masterful high school tenure as he held Indiana state records in receiving yards for a career (4,326), a season (2,171), a game (437) and in a 4A state playoff game (168). He also holds the state record for career touchdowns with 49. Dieter played college football at Southern Methodist University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Alabama, earning three conference titles and an appearance in the College Football Playoff with the Tide in 2016. 

Though the community is thrilled to have Dieter, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be more excited with the South Bend product as he enters his second season. Per a report from James Palmer of NFL.com, Dieter has a strong relationship with Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

Whether it’s practicing timing on routes after different team sessions or playing video games together, the two have been sync with each other since last season. Both Dieter and Mahomes are highly competitive players and with Mahomes footwork improving (per the article), there is a good chance that he could get the Chiefs over the hump to be a potential Super Bowl team. 

For now, Dieter is still on the practice squad.  

However, the connection between he and Mahomes should get to head coach Andy Reid at some point before training camp. After collecting a 1,000-yard receiving career in college, Dieter is now awaiting an opportunity to show the pros why he’s one of the hardest workers in the game. 

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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John Metchie Talks Alabama Official Visit. https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/18/john-metchie-talks-alabama-official-visit/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:53:02 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47847 The wide receiver position is one that is filled with questions for Alabama during this recruiting cycle. Many feel that this is due to the talent that Alabama has on the roster at wideout as well as a lack of elite wide receivers in this class as a whole. Fortunately for the Tide, there are […]]]>

The wide receiver position is one that is filled with questions for Alabama during this recruiting cycle. Many feel that this is due to the talent that Alabama has on the roster at wideout as well as a lack of elite wide receivers in this class as a whole. Fortunately for the Tide, there are some great ones out there and they got the opportunity to host one of them on last weekend.

4-Star WR, John Metchie, took his official visit to the University of Alabama, which lasted from Friday to Sunday. Metchie feels that the visit went well.

“The visit was great,” Metchie said. “I really love how the bought in the players are and how they all are hard working.”

Alabama was looking to make a huge impact on Metchie during his official visit. He got the chance to see Alabama’s entire package while in Tuscaloosa.

“I got a chance to tour everything,” Metchie added. “I even got a chance to spend plenty of times with coaches and players.”

The Tide became a huge player in Metchie’s recruitment after they offered him, which was a clear result of Metchie’s connection with wide receiver coach, Josh Gattis. Metchie referred to the offer as a dream offer. Gattis’ former school, Penn State, hosted Metchie on June 8 and it looks as if the Nittany Lions and the Tide are the two top teams at the moment, but Metchie just wants to take a step back and evaluate everything.

“I’m not really sure yet,” Metchie said. “I just want to let this visit settle and talk about it with my family.”

Alabama would love to add this elite talent and they have shown that. We will have to see how much of an impact this official visit made on his decision in the future.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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Nakobe Dean is Impressed with Alabama’s Engineering Program https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/17/nakobe-dean-is-impressed-ith-alabamas-engineering-program/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:19:27 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47837 Nakobe Dean took his official visit to the University of Alabama this weekend and was thoroughly impressed. “The visit was great,” Dean said. “I got to hang out with the guys and got a chance to ask them questions about the coaches and everything. That was one of the main things I wanted to do.” […]]]>

Nakobe Dean took his official visit to the University of Alabama this weekend and was thoroughly impressed.

“The visit was great,” Dean said. “I got to hang out with the guys and got a chance to ask them questions about the coaches and everything. That was one of the main things I wanted to do.”

Dean is a 5-Star LB out of Hornlake, Mississippi. He is ranked as the No.1 LB in the nation, according to most recruiting outlets.

Dean is just as talented in the classroom as he is on the field. He currently holds an impressive GPA, which is in large credit to his parents, who have always taught him how important education is. He plans on majoring in either chemical or mechanical engineering in college. He got a grand tour of the program this weekend by non-other than Derek Karr, the dean of the University of Alabama College of Engineering.

“Dean Karr is crazy,” Dean said. “He really made the tour and engineering interesting. I really love that. It was one of the best engineering presentations I have ever seen”

Alabama has had the pleasure to host Dean a handful of times and he has gotten the chance to see many of the things that make Alabama football great, but it was the engineering program this took the cake during his official visit.

“I got a chance to talk about the engineering aspect a little bit previous, but not as in-depth like during this visit,” Dean added

Alabama needs an inside linebacker in their 2019 recruiting class after landing only one in the last recruiting cycle. The Alabama coaching staff is making sure Dean is aware of that. If Dean didn’t know, Saban even ensured him that he is a priority target.

“He basically just told me how much they want me and need me,” Dean said. “He also told me how much of an impact I will make on the team and how I will have a chance to play early due to the low depth at linebacker.”

Dean doesn’t have any other official visits set at the moment, but he feels LSU and Georgia will most likely get one. He commitment timeframe continues to be around the end of his senior season. Touchdown Alabama Magazine will keep you updated on his recruitment.

Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

 

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PODCAST: What Nick Saban, Alabama is getting with Dan Enos at QB coach https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/16/podcast-what-nick-saban-alabama-is-getting-with-dan-enos-at-qb-coach/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:50:59 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47818 Alabama looks to soar offensively next season and while much of its success falls on play caller Michael Locksley, the hire of Dan Enos at quarterback coach will be an impact role on the development of Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones and Layne Hatcher (2018 commit).  Enos, a former quarterback at Michigan State University (1987-91), has coached multiple players […]]]>

Alabama looks to soar offensively next season and while much of its success falls on play caller Michael Locksley, the hire of Dan Enos at quarterback coach will be an impact role on the development of Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones and Layne Hatcher (2018 commit). 

Enos, a former quarterback at Michigan State University (1987-91), has coached multiple players at the position to the National Football League – including Ryan Radcliff, Cooper Rush, Brandon Allen and Austin Allen. As a running backs coach for the Spartans from 2007 to 2009, he produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Javon Ringer (1,637 in 2008) and a good signal-caller in Kirk Cousins (19 touchdowns, 9 interceptions in 2009).

While his wife and children are adjusting to life in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Enos brother – Gary – joined yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine on Monday for In My Own Words and discussed the impact Dan will provide. 

Although Tagovailoa is the favorite to win the job at quarterback, Enos believes there remains hope for Hurts and dives into how his brother will grow him into being the complete package under center.

In Nick Saban’s final season as defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Michigan State (1987), Enos was a scout team quarterback for the program. 

The reunion of both guys should be interesting. Be sure to subscribe to the TDAL Magazine YouTube channel for the best in analysis, updates and commentary on Alabama football.  

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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O.J. Howard unveils his thoughts on Alabama’s QB competition for 2018 https://tdalabamamag.com/2018/06/16/o-j-howard-unveils-his-thoughts-on-alabamas-qb-competition-for-2018/ Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:32:54 +0000 https://tdalabamamag.com/?p=47815 We have heard from fans, former Alabama quarterbacks and defensive backs that played under Nick Saban, however, we have yet to hear from a position that directly benefits from having an elite field general.  Well, that was the case until Saturday.  Before he takes on his second year in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tight end O.J. Howard […]]]>

We have heard from fans, former Alabama quarterbacks and defensive backs that played under Nick Saban, however, we have yet to hear from a position that directly benefits from having an elite field general. 

Well, that was the case until Saturday. 

Before he takes on his second year in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tight end O.J. Howard was in his hometown of Prattville (Ala.) hosting a youth skills camp. He battled intense heat, but Howard and his team made the event exciting for boys ages 7-17 that wanted to enhance their craft and learn from the best. 

After taking multiple photos and signing footballs, the first-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft took time to entertain the small area of credentialed media in attendance. As always, the first question fired off dealt with how will Saban handle the quarterback situation in the fall. 

Despite catching over 40 passes from Jalen Hurts in 2016 (most of his career), Howard sees the competition lasting into the regular season.  

“I think it’s going to be a dual quarterback type of thing,” he said. “They are going to split a little time, certain packages for each quarterback, and then go with the hot hand at the end of the game. That’s at least for the first couple of games.”  

Even with the success Alabama could have in playing two guys, Howard knows about the old saying “if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t really have one.” Understanding this and trying to grasp Saban’s vague statement of winning the team, the 2015 College Football Playoff national champion shined light on both things when he discussed chemistry and leadership. 

Howard on chemistry: 

“You have to go with a true starter just for the feel of the receivers. “I feel like it is hard for you to keep interchanging quarterbacks because no one can get adjusted to the game.” 

Howard on winning the team: 

“It means a lot. It also means the guy is a vocal leader. He will do whatever it takes to succeed. He is not afraid to mess up. He’s not playing timid. He’s always throwing the ball downfield and not always checking it down. He’s going to try to win the game. He is not being a game manager, but he’s trying to win the game. And also, he’s a guy that’s not trying to do too much.” 

A former five-star prospect in the Crimson Tide’s 2013 class, Howard witnessed three quarterback battles during his tenure in Tuscaloosa. The toughest one came in 2014 between Blake Sims and graduate transfer Jacob Coker, who came in from Florida State University. 

“I think Blake won over the team going into camp in 2014,” Howard said. “Blake had a scrimmage where he threw a couple of picks and they pulled him out, but he came back in and bounced back. He did not let that get him down and he continued to play hard. Just stuff like that lets you know that this guy has a chance. He doesn’t get rattled. That won the team over.” 

Coker did the same thing in 2015.  

Regardless of worries from the coaching on whether he was ready or not, the Mobile (Ala.) showed in a 43-37 loss to Ole Miss that he was the man for the job. A gutsy performance versus the Rebels coupled with great showings against Georgia and Texas A&M allowed Coker to galvanize the team, as it would go on to win its first CFP national title of the Saban regime. 

While he’s expecting great things at Tampa Bay, Howard anticipates his former school being in the conversation for a national title once again.  

“Every year coming into it, the guys are going to be there in the end,” he said. “They are going to compete for it every year. I am looking forward to seeing the offense. We have a lot of receivers to see where we can pick up from the championship game. I think the upside is the ceiling and we have two quarterbacks that can go in and make something happen. I am just very excited.” 

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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