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Westgate SuperBook will allow betting on which teams will make the College Football Playoff.

This might seem boilerplate, but it's actually the first time that Westgate has offered such wagering opportunities. Previously, the sportsbook would only take money on bets for the ultimate winner of the Playoff. Alabama (-210), Clemson (even), Ohio State (+125) and Georgia (+175) have the best odds to make it into the postseason dance.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 1:22 PM

According to an NCAA study, graduate transfers in football rose from 117 in 2016 to 211 in 2017.

While grad transfers in all major collegiate sports are on the rise, the trend is glaring with football, where such moves have seen a twelvefold increase since 2011. Check out the source link for a graphical representation of the change. We only expect these numbers to continue to rise as the NCAA loosens some of its transfer restrictions.
Jun 20 - 2:56 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Alabama four-star 2019 verbal DL commit Justin Eboigbe to Georgia DE Jonathan Ledbetter.

"[Like Ledbetter] Eboigbe brings a nice blend of size, power and initial quickness to develop into a productive 34 DE," Haubert writes of the 6-foot-5, 263-pound Alabama pledge. The analyst writes that Eboigbe "has the tools to be a tough and, at times, disruptive presence in the trenches" and notes that he possesses a slick mix of "quickness and power." On the ESPN 300, the Forest Park, Georgia, native stomps into proceedings at No. 122 overall in the 2019 class. After a bit of a relatively soft showing in the 2018 cycle, Alabama has struck back with a vengeance on the recruiting trail and is currently tracking toward a No. 1 class as summer takes bloom.
Jun 19 - 12:21 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment for four-star 2019 DL Justin Eboigbe.

Eboigbe is another big get for the Alabama class, as he ranks 10th among strong-side defensive ends in the class and 12th among all players in the loaded state of Georgia. He was also considering Georgia; along with Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and several other high-profile schools. At 6-foot-5, 263-pounds, Eboigble is a defender who could help on the inside or outside, and he should be able to play the run and help as a pass-rusher. Alabama had the top class before the Eboigbe commitment, and this certainly doesn't hurt their ranking.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 18 - 1:53 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter believes NFL teams "had to be surprised that" Alabama senior RB Damien Harris "did not leave school after his junior year."

Reuter notes, "He's a strong back with more wiggle than you would expect at his size. Harris also works in pass protection, which will earn him playing time early in his NFL career." While Harris is no doubt a solid prospect, the 2018 draft class featured a number of prospects with similar prowess. Seven running backs were selected in the first two rounds and Harris likely would have been in the middle of the pack. In the 2019 draft class, he will be competing with Iowa State's David Montgomery, Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson, and Stanford's Bryce Love to be the top running back selected.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 12:51 PM

Four-star 2019 Alabama verbal commit Taulia Tagovailoa will visit Tennessee this weekend.

Tagovailoa committed to Alabama at their "A-Day" event in April, but it looks like the signal-caller will take some visits. Keep in mind that the Crimson tide have two quarterbacks signed, and that the presumed starter at Alabama -- Taulia's brother Tua Tagovailoa -- is a sophomore. Don't be surprised if either he or Joe Tryon make a commitment change at some point this summer.
Source: AL.com
Jun 15 - 8:25 PM

Alabama senior DE Isaiah Buggs recorded the 3rd best run-stop percentage among all returning interior defenders.

Buggs (6'5/290) was a 2017 JUCO transfer who recorded 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his first year at Alabama. With the high turnover of Alabama's defense due to the immense NFL talent pool, Buggs could be in for an expanded role in 2018. Buggs will warrant consideration in the top half of the draft with a solid upcoming season.
Jun 15 - 3:02 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior DL Raekwon Davis is "due for a breakout campaign this fall."

Brugler uses the word "breakout" lightly as Davis lead the Crimson Tide in sacks with 8.5 despite being a part-time starter. He writes, "His mix of foot quickness, flexibility, and raw power is a scary combination when used in unison." Davis will likely be a centerpiece in one of the best defenses in football this upcoming season. If he can continue the spurts of dominance he showed as a part-time player in an every-down role, Davis should hear his name called in the first round in the NFL draft.
Jun 13 - 4:02 PM

The NCAA passed a new rule that allows players to redshirt if they appear in four or fewer games in a season.

Council chair Blake James believes this will help players immensely and said, "Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries." But he didn't leave coaches out either, mentioning it will give them the "ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition." This is a truly beneficial rule for both coaches and players that will have an immediate impact on a lot of collegiate rosters.
Source: NCAA
Jun 13 - 3:51 PM

An NFC scout said Alabama junior LB Mack Wilson reminds him of 49ers LB Reuben Foster.

The scout liked Wilson's "hard-hitting style -- he was a vicious special-teams tackler as a freshman -- and sideline-to-sideline speed." Wilson suffered an injury last November that held him out until the college football playoffs where he made a big splash. He recorded an interception in the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Clemson and racked up a team-high 12 tackles in the National Championship game against Georgia. Wilson will likely declare for the draft with a healthy and productive 2018 season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 2:28 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH DeMarcco Hellams.

Hellams (6'1/204) was deciding between Clemson or Alabama and chose to add onto what's already the top recruiting class in the country. He has played both wide receiver and safety in high school but has "prototypical size" for a safety in Nick Saban's defensive system. Hellams is currently ranked as the No. 4 safety and No. 92 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 12 - 3:25 PM

An anonymous scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that Alabama junior T Jonah Williams is everything you are looking for in a tackle.

"He's everything we want in a tackle," the scout told Miller. "He's smart, athletic, tough and experienced. I don't know what the question marks are." Miller's not sure if there are question marks, either. He was excellent as a right tackle, and then showed no issues moving over to left tackle as a sophomore. "It will depend on team needs, but Williams could be in the conversation for the top selection," writes Miller. "The NFL hasn't seen a tackle prospect like this since the Ronnie Stanley-Laremy Tunsil draft of 2016."
Jun 11 - 4:58 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg ranks Alabama at the top in his future power rankings.

Clemson ranks second, Ohio State third, and Georgia along with Ohio State round out the top five. Rittenberg's rankings are based on talent through the 2020 season, and he ranks the Crimson Tide as the top defense, fourth in offense and third in quarterback rankings. It probably goes without saying, but it speaks to just how special this program is right now. If Rittenberg is right, that's not changing anytime soon.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 11:37 AM

Alabama HC Nick Saban said that he believes that redshirt junior LB Keith Holcombe may not play football again in order to focus on his baseball career.

Holcombe (6'3/210) has been playing double-duty in Tuscaloosa, working both as a linebacker and as an outfielder over the past three seasons. While he was not drafted by an MLB team this week, Saban said that prior to the draft, the redshirt junior told him that "[h]e wanted to continue to try to pursue his baseball career." Lending credence to this, Holcombe did not take part in spring practice. Saban is not completely shutting the door on a return -- it's just looking like a longshot at this juncture. During the past campaign, Holcombe registered 38 tackles and three passes defended. Alabama has the talent to make up for his loss if he is, indeed, giving up the football ghost.
Source: AL.com
Jun 8 - 1:06 PM

Alabama and Central Michigan have agreed to a contest to be played on Sept. 2, 2023.

This game will serve as opener for both the Crimson Tide and Chippewas when the time comes around. As tends to happen in most of these Power 5 vs. Group of 5 showdowns, it will be Power 5 behemoth Alabama which will have hosting duties for this affair. The two teams have never faced off on the gridiron before.
Jun 6 - 4:29 PM


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