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At the SEC spring meetings, Alabama HC Nick Saban went on a five-minute diatribe against satellite camps.

"There have been no specific guidelines relative to how we're managing control of this stuff," Saban said. "It's happening outside the normal evaluation window, which means we're taking time away from our players." He stressed that this is not a Jim Harbaugh issue -- Harbaugh is a supporter of satellite camps -- but rather a wider issue. "Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do if he thinks that's what's best. There needs to be somebody who looks out for what's best for the game, not the SEC or the Big Ten or Jim Harbaugh," he said. Saban is in favor of a college football commissioner, but would not offer a candidate for the position, saying, "I'm not into politics."
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 4:24 PM

An SB Nation poll of 31 top-300 recruits for 2017 (by 247Sports' composite rankings) revealed that Alabama HC Nick Saban is viewed as the best coach in college football.

Not every recruit answered every question, but Saban earned 37.1% of the votes on the "Best Coach" question, with Clemson HC Dabo Swinney taking second place with 16.67%. That gap narrowed when recruits were asked to rank coaching staffs as a whole (Alabama 25%, Clemson 18.75%). Alabama and Clemson also went 1-2 on the question of the best facilities.
Source: SB Nation
May 31 - 1:24 PM

Of the team's quarterbacking situation, Alabama HC Nick Saban said, "If it takes until the third game [to determine a starting QB], so be it."

"You can say, 'This guy's the starter,' but if the players in the room don't think he's the starter ... he's really not the starter until everybody thinks he should be the starter," Saban said. Saban has been consistent in preaching patience with the Tide quarterback competition between Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Jalen Hurts. In late March, AL.com's Michael Casagrande reported that all was quiet on the metaphorical Western Front of the battle, writing that "not much has been said to this point." Two months later, that statement remains accurate.
Source: CBS Sports
May 30 - 1:00 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney highlighted Alabama four-star 2017 QB Tua Tagovailoa as one of the standouts at The Steve Clarkson QB Retreat

"Tagovailoa has great footwork and what really stands out most is just how fast he can deliver pinpoint passes," Gorney wrote. The analyst noted that despite the fact that the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has been flying back-and-forth between the continental United States and his native Hawaii over the last few weeks, he "still looks sharp in everything he does." Tagovailoa ranks as Rivals' No. 48 overall prospect and their No. 3 dual-threat quarterback for 2017.
Source: Rivals
May 29 - 7:45 PM

With his time of 13.52 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Regional, Alabama junior CB Tony Brown qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Brown's 13.52-second mark was good for fourth place. It stands as a career-best time for the 6-foot, 196-pounder. He earned first-team All-American honors in track and field last season. The corner earned unfortunate headlines in early April after the NCAA hit him with an indefinite suspension for reasons unknown. The Crimson Tide are currently appealing that suspension.
May 29 - 7:30 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack wrote that Alabama five-star 2017 T Alex Leatherwood "turned in one of the most dominating performances at any camp" with his work at the Rivals Camp Series regional in New Orleans.

"The hulking prospect is known for his mean streak when it comes to finishing blocks," Wommack noted, "and his full array of skills was on display during his camp showing." The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder committed to Alabama last summer, though he did visit Florida earlier this offseason and said "I like everything about Florida." Along with the Tide and Gators, the likes of Michigan, Miami, LSU and USC could play a role in his final landing spot in February. For now, at least, ESPN 300's No. 9 overall recruit remains in Alabama's net.
Source: Rivals
May 28 - 6:31 PM

247Sports' Ryan Bartow reports that former Alabama junior T Charles Baldwin is visiting Louisville on Wednesday.

Baldwin was dismissed from Alabama earlier in May due to a "violation of unspecified team rules." The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder ranked as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO prospect when he initially signed with Alabama in February. In addition to Wednesday's visit to Louisville -- Baldwin is hoping the trip results in an offer -- he also reportedly visited Temple last week.
May 25 - 2:17 PM

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brandon Hoffman noted that Alabama five-star 2017 RB Najee Harris "shines all around; catching the ball, running with the ball, you name it."

Alabama currently has Harris in their recruiting net, but this is not yet a slam dunk. Per Hoffman, "Ohio State, UCLA and Washington continue to make a push for him." Harris, himself, said in March that he is "still open to everybody" and that "anything can happen." The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Antioch, California, ranks as ESPN 300's No. 4 prospect for the 2017 cycle, noting that he is a "big, powerful runner with exceptional body control that has the sneaky burst and long speed to make big plays."
May 23 - 5:45 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread ranked Alabama graduate WR Gehrig Dieter at No. 13 in running down his favorite impact transfers for 2016.

Dieter joined the defending champs in a mid-February transfer from Bowling Green. Wrote Goodbread, "If he claims a role similar to last year's grad transfer, Richard Mullaney, he'll play extensively in the slot and make a big difference for OC Lane Kiffin." Last season, Dieter logged a 94-1033-10 receiving line playing in Bowling Green's prolific offense. If Alabama settles on the right quarterback starter (Blake Barnett and Cooper Bateman appear to be the true contenders in that game of thrones), they could field a potentially lethal passing offense in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 4:39 PM

Alabama moved redshirt sophomore G Ross Pierschbacher to center.

He's replacing Ryan Kelly. Pierschbacher, the No. 1 guard in the 2014 recruiting class, started all 15 games at LG last year for the national champs. Though he did't surrender a sack, Pierschbacher gave up 17 pressures and actually drew negative PFF grades in both run and pass blocking. "His propensity to stop his feet on contact on both run and pass plays left him at times unable to sustain blocks, and this is something he will need to improve upon considerably, especially considering how quickly defenders will be able to get into him off the snap," Josh Liskiewitz wrote. If Cam Robinson gets suspended, Alabama's line will return only two 2015 starters, Pierschbacher and G Alphonse Taylor. It's the one area of the team that's a big open question heading into the fall.
May 20 - 8:38 PM

Alabama five-star 2017 T Alex Leatherwood said that he "like[s] Florida a lot."

Leatherwood has been committed to Alabama since June of last year. That commitment remains, but sometimes the heart wanders. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder visited Florida in the spring and came away gushing. "I like the offense and I like the players there. I like everything about Florida," he said. Leatherwood ranks as ESPN 300's No. 9 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. He indicated that while the mental framework of his hierarchy is not yet locked into place, he is interested in Michigan, Miami, LSU and USC in addition to Florida and Alabama. He should make his final choice around December, as he plans on early enrollment with whatever school ultimately lands him.
May 20 - 6:05 PM

Speaking at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am on Wednesday, Alabama HC Nick Saban refused to dive into detail in regard to the arrest of T Cam Robinson.

"We [discipline] internally, it’s not something that we do publicly and we’re not gonna do it today," Saban said. Robinson and DB Hootie Jones are scheduled for a June 16 arraignment hearing regarding weapons charges stemming from their Tuesday arrest in West Monroe, Louisiana. Saban wouldn't delve into specifics, but did at least hint at his mindset, saying, "Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how do you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance to be successful."
May 20 - 4:12 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht believes that "the gap between [Alabama and Clemson] is likely to widen this year rather than shrink."

"This may sound like blindly giving Alabama the benefit of the doubt," Becht wrote, "but when a program has recruited as well as Nick Saban's has—two No. 1-ranked classes, a No. 2-ranked class and a No. 4-ranked class in the last four years, according to Scout.com—it’s earned it." The analyst still predictably loves Clemson's offense, but expressed concern in regards to their secondary after Mackenzie Alexander, Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green all absconded to the NFL. Four-star S Van Smith of this most recent recruiting class is the only four-star player at that position that Clemson has brought in over the last three recruiting cycles.
May 20 - 3:03 PM

The arraignment hearing on weapons possession charges for Alabama T Cam Robinson and DB Laurence "Hootie" Jones has been scheduled for June 16.

At the arraignment, Robinson and Jones will formally hear the charges being levied against them and will have the opportunity to enter their pleas. The pair was arrested on Tuesday morning in West Monroe, Louisiana. They are facing misdemeanor charges of illegal carrying of a weapon and marijuana possession, while Robinson also faces an additional felony charge for possession of a stolen firearm.
May 20 - 12:18 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney hears that both Alabama redshirt junior QB Cooper Bateman and redshirt freshman QB Blake Barnett could play in 2016.

Haney laid out one potential plan that he has heard from those close to the Tide program. "Bateman, the more experienced option, starts the opener against USC -- and Barnett, the youngster with a higher ceiling, eventually takes over during the SEC season," he wrote. Alabama has been notorious in dragging their heels before naming a starter in recent years. Don't expect this situation to resolve itself before August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:09 PM


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