Alabama Football Recruiting: The End of Summer

Nobody on the roadNobody on the beachI feel it in the airThe summer’s out of reach.

The Boys of Summer by Don Henley

The NCAA Recruiting Calendar is an odd thing. It seems senseless to have a Dead Period in the middle of summer, but there it was from June 25 through July 24. Another Dead Period runs the length of the month of August. The Crimson Tide celebrated this short respite with a second BBQ Cookout. While it was not as big as the first one, it was still received very well.

4-star OLB commit King Mwikuta was in attendance and told 247sports that he gets “homesick” whenever he LEAVES Tuscaloosa. He has moved from the No. 123 prospect to 115.

Oxford, Miss. DB Brandon Turnage made his third trip to the Capstone this summer. QBs Paul Tyson and Taulia Tagovailoa plus one of the newest commits DE Byron Young were also spotted.

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10 takeaways from recruiting trail during July evaluation period

Aug 1, 2018Emailprint

The month of July is all about recruiting. It's when coaches identify prospects to build their rosters for the coming seasons.

At the same time, a lot more than recruiting goes on. Trends begin to develop, both in recruiting and at the college level. Coaches at all levels interact with one another, opinions are shared, gossip spreads.

After spending three weeks on the recruiting trail, here are some of the major talking points:

1. Will the July period ever be the same?

The biggest talking point was the impact of reported NCAA proposals. Is this the last time coaches can attend events like Peach Jam and Las Vegas?

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Alabama Football: After the Cookout what is next in recruiting

Alabama football fans were hoping for new commits from the second Champions Cookout. What happened and what is next for Crimson Tide recruiting. The second Alabama football Champions Cookout came and went with no new verbal commits. While the Alabama football staff continued pursuit of a few top players, other schools stole the weekend headlines. […]Alabama Football: After the Cookout what is next in recruiting - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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10 CFB programs ready to knock Alabama off its throne

For years, the Alabama Crimson Tide have reigned supreme over the college football landscape. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has won five national championships in the last decade.

Alabama’s dominance culminated last season with their fifth title under Saban. Now as the 2018 college football season approaches, the Crimson Tide are poised for another dominant season.

It comes as no surprise to see Alabama as heavy favorites to win the national title. Of course, it will play with a major target on its back this coming season.

Realistically, there aren’t many teams with a chance at overcoming the tide. Here are the 10 programs with a chance to knock Alabama off its throne this season.

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Alabama Football: John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson excellent choices

With just over a month left before Alabama football fans see action on the field, it’s what fans will hear that will be different on gameday. Former Alabama football players John Parker Wilson and Rashad Johnson will both join the Crimson Tide Sports Network on the radio broadcasts of Alabama’s football games. Wilson will serve as […]Alabama Football: John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson excellent choices - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Which prospects stood out as future stars in Las Vegas?

Jul 31, 2018

Las Vegas was the capital of the grassroots basketball world last week as more than 10 events were spread around the surrounding area for five days, attracting over 1,000 teams and hundreds of college coaches.

The ESPN recruiting team was out in full force to monitor the action, and although you can never see everything during a week like this, there were certainly some prospects who made a big impression and moved the needle on their recruitment.

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Forward D.J. Jeffries decommits from Kentucky Wildcats, reopens recruitment

Jul 31, 2018Emailprint

Five-star forward D.J. Jeffries announced Monday he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

Jeffries, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Olive Branch (Mississippi) High School, had committed to Kentucky in March, choosing the Wildcats over Alabama and Mississippi State.

He was coached on the AAU circuit by Penny Hardaway last spring and summer and played for the same AAU program this past grassroots season.

The new Memphis coach is going head-to-head with John Calipari over the No. 1 player, James Wiseman.

When Hardaway took over for Tubby Smith at Memphis, there were rumors that Jeffries could flip to the Tigers, but he stuck with his commitment at the time.

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Cornerback prospect Andrew Booth chooses Clemson

Jul 30, 2018Emailprint

The Clemson Tigers continue to win key recruiting battles for top prospects out of Georgia.

Andrew Booth, the No. 33-ranked prospect in the class of 2019, became the latest elite Peach State talent to pick Clemson.

The nation's No. 3-ranked cornerback picked the Tigers over Auburn, Georgia and many more of the nation's top programs, with the battle coming down to Clemson vs. Auburn.

The No. 5-ranked prospect in Georgia is joined by ESPN 300 safety Joseph Charleston and tight end Jaelyn Lay as four-star prospects out of the Peach State who are headed to Clemson. Recent Clemson recruits out of Georgia include quarterback Deshaun Watson, five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and defensive end Austin Bryant

Booth becomes the highest-ranked prospect in the Tigers' 2019 class, and ninth ESPN 300 verbal, with wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. joining Booth as top-50-ranked prospects overall in the 2019 cycle. Clemson continues to expand its national recruiting footprint with four-star commitments out of eight states.

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Georgia Bulldogs land RB John Emery

Jul 29, 2018Emailprint

Georgia continued its hot streak in recruiting on Sunday, landing three ESPN 300 commitments all in one day.

Running back John Emery got things started, giving the Dawgs its second highest ranked commit at No. 20 overall.

This commitment comes after the Georgia staff was able to reel in the No. 1 ranked running back in the 2018 class with Zamir White, as well as the No. 3 back in James Cook.

The staff also has D'Andre Swift on the roster, who was the No. 6 back in the 2017 class, so the stable is loaded with big names for the future.

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Emery, out of Destrehan, Louisiana, chose Georgia over several other programs, including LSU. Emery is the No. 2 ranked prospect in Louisiana, and while the Tigers have done well so far with the top in-state prospects in the 2019 class, Emery is headed out of the state.

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Jeffery Carter, Class o 2019 cornerback, commits to Texas A&M Aggies

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Jeffery Carter, the No. 45 ranked prospect in the Class of 2019, is staying home for college.

The 6-foot, 182-pound cornerback with blazing 4.36 speed committed to the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday over Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks and more than 25 other offers from Power 5 programs.

The nation's No. 4 ranked cornerback adds to what could be a record-setting class for the Aggies, who have never finished higher than No. 4 in the 14 years ESPN has ranked prospects and recruiting classes.

Carter becomes the 12th ESPN 300 commitment for Jimbo Fisher's first full class in College Station, which includes five-star offensive lineman Kenyon Green and No. 1 ranked safety Brian Williams.

The Fort Worth-area prospect also continues the Aggies' run of reeling in top prospects in the Lone Star State. Texas A&M now has four of the top-10 ranked prospects in the state on the commit list, and nine of the top 20. The Aggies inked just two of the top 20 prospects within the state lines in February.

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Alabama Football: Tide players named to national awards watch lists

Alabama football has 11 players named to 13 national player awards, watch lists. Check which Crimson Tide player was named to each watch list. In the Alabama football Saban era, fans have grown accustomed to players winning national awards. The Heisman Award gets the most attention but the other awards are noteworthy as well. In […]Alabama Football: Tide players named to national awards watch lists - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama Football: What to expect from Champions Cookout 2

Alabama football is entertaining another group of top recruits for the second Champions Cookout of the summer. What should fans expect? Every media source covering Alabama football keeps up a steady refrain of all the 5-Star recruits expected to sign with the Crimson Tide. So far, among the Tide’s 20, 2019 commits, there is one […]Alabama Football: What to expect from Champions Cookout 2 - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Nick Saban inks monster contract extension

The SEC West’s all about oneupmanship, and that’s why we like it. Florida is looking like a National Championsip contender for arrests, and Alabama has oneupped the rest of the SEC West with another contract extension for Nick Saban.

The school announced that Saban’s extension will be through the 2025 season, and pay him a tidy $8.3m for 2018.

Saban’s base salary will rise to $7.5m per season – and $400,000 a season for every season after that. Although that might seem peanuts compared to the $11.1m contract extension he signed last year, but if you take out the $4m that he was given as a signing bonus, then it’s still a slick pay rise.

He said: “We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama — both on and off the football field.”

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Alabama announces contract extension for Nick Saban through 2025 season

When Nick Saban was at the podium for SEC media days last week, he was asked — as he is seemingly every year — about how long he will continue coaching at Alabama. The veteran coach replied with his usual answer of however long he feels healthy enough to and if the program would have him.

It seems quite a long time is the real answer.

The Crimson Tide announced on Friday afternoon that they had agreed to a contract extension with Saban though the 2025 season, including annual raises that will see him go from around $7.5 million in 2018 up to $10.3 million by the end of the deal.

“Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with the University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said in a statement. “For Terry and me, the Tuscaloosa community and the state of Alabama have become home, and a place with deep roots for our entire family. We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama — both on and off the football field. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the entire University community for their support. I’ve said this before, but the most satisfying part of our job is seeing the young men that represent our program grow and develop, not only in football, but more importantly in what they have been able to accomplish in their lives because of their involvement in our program.”

Some of the details about the contract released by the school include annual increases of $400,000 on his base pay and retention bonuses of $800,000 if he’s still coach in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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Nick Saban Agrees to contract extension through 2025 season

The University has announced that Nick Saban’s contract has been extended through the 2025 season.

From the official release:

The new agreement will extend his current contract by one season to eight years, and keep him in charge of the Crimson Tide football program through February 28, 2026. The base salary and talent fee will rise to $7.5 million and increase $400,000 annually. There will also be a contract extension/championship signing incentive of $800,000 in 2018 and a contract completion benefit of $800,000 payable at the end of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.

”Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with The University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said. “For Terry and me, the Tuscaloosa community and the state of Alabama have become home, and a place with deep roots for our entire family. We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama – both on and off the football field. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the entire University community for their support. I’ve said this before, but the most satisfying part of our job is seeing the young men that represent our program grow and develop, not only in football, but more importantly in what they have been able to accomplish in their lives because of their involvement in our program.”

It appears that Saban will be scheduled to earn $9.5M in total compensation in the year 2021 and will be over $10M annually by the end of the deal. He’s obviously been worth every penny, and this is just more ammo to use on the recruiting trail. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon, folks.

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Sources: Bama extends Saban through '25

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Alabama coach Nick Saban, who has won five of the past nine national championships, has reached a new agreement that will extend his deal to coach the Crimson Tide through the 2025 season and pay him $8.3 million for the 2018 season, it was announced Friday.

The new agreement, which is subject to approval by the university's board of trustees, will extend his current contract by one season to eight years, and keep him in charge of the Crimson Tide football program through February 28, 2026.

ESPN Analytics ranked the national championship teams since the BCS era began 20 years ago.

How will the SEC play out this season? Phil Steele projects the full standings, including if Alabama will go undefeated.

As SEC media days kick off, Alabama and Georgia top the conference preseason power rankings. The last time they faced off, it was for the national championship.

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Alabama’s revamped radio team includes two former Crimson Tide football players

When Nick Saban was at the podium for SEC media days last week, he was asked — as he is seemingly every year — about how long he will continue coaching at Alabama. The veteran coach replied with his usual answer of however long he feels healthy enough to and if the program would have him.

It seems quite a long time is the real answer.

The Crimson Tide announced on Friday afternoon that they had agreed to a contract extension with Saban though the 2025 season, including annual raises that will see him go from around $7.5 million in 2018 up to $10.3 million by the end of the deal.

“Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with the University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said in a statement. “For Terry and me, the Tuscaloosa community and the state of Alabama have become home, and a place with deep roots for our entire family. We are very excited about the future, and this agreement allows us to continue to build on the success we have enjoyed at Alabama — both on and off the football field. We want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Bell, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, our athletics administration, the football staff and the entire University community for their support. I’ve said this before, but the most satisfying part of our job is seeing the young men that represent our program grow and develop, not only in football, but more importantly in what they have been able to accomplish in their lives because of their involvement in our program.”

Some of the details about the contract released by the school include annual increases of $400,000 on his base pay and retention bonuses of $800,000 if he’s still coach in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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Alabama football: Defensive line depth is not all about the numbers

Nick Saban is concerned about the lack of depth on the Alabama football defense. Let’s consider how much depth is required on the defensive line. When Alabama football missed on Malik Langham, Bobby Brown and Vernon Jackson in the 2018 class, defensive depth suffered. ILB signee Jalen Moody and JUCO transfer Tevita Musika lessened the […]Alabama football: Defensive line depth is not all about the numbers - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Alabama gives Saban 8-year deal worth more than $74 million

NCAA college football head coach Nick Saban of Alabama speaks during the ceremony for the acceptance of The Macarthur Bowl trophy which is in front of him during the Southeastern Conference Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/John Amis)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban still reigns supreme over college football — in national titles and annual pay.

The university announced a new eight-year deal Friday worth at least $74.4 million, which would appear to make Saban again college football’s highest-paid coach based on annual salary.

The agreement runs through the 2025 season, boosting his average annual pay to $9.3 million if he sticks around for the duration.

“Our family is thrilled to agree to a contract extension with the University of Alabama that will keep us in Tuscaloosa for the rest of our coaching career,” Saban said in a statement.

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10 college football players primed to break out in 2018

We already know the established superstars of the 2018 college football season, but there’s a group of breakout performers ready to thrive.

Although some are recognizable names, they’ve previously either not held a major long-term role or not produced in an all-conference manner. Circumstances have changed in a positive way for these players.

Success isn’t guaranteed, but the situation entering the campaign is favorable for an emergent year.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) reacts at a press conference after the 2018 CFP national championship college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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