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Former NFL player, scout has Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama as his No. 1 QB for NFL Draft

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Even though Joe Burrow of LSU won the Southeastern Conference Championship, College Football Playoff National Championship and Heisman Trophy in 2019, one former NFL player and scout does not have him as his top quarterback for this year’s NFL Draft. 

Bucky Brooks, an analyst for NFL.com, played five years in the league (1994-98) and scouted for both Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. With the NFL Combine coming up in two weeks and the draft in April, he has Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama as his No. 1 QB in the class. 

Tagovailoa received great news this week from doctors, as the fracture to the posterior wall of his right hip has healed. Also, he has gained full range of motion in the hip as well. If he continues this progression, the native Hawaiian will be cleared for football activities within a month. 

Brooks said Tagovailoa’s “A+” arm talent, athleticism and intangibles make him an intriguing option as a franchise quarterback. Once a five-star in the 2017 recruiting cycle, he lifted the Crimson Tide to a national championship as a freshman – coming off the bench in the fourth quarter to toss three touchdowns versus Georgia in a 26-23 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

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Tunmise Adeleye eyeing return visit to Tuscaloosa this Spring

2021 5-Star defensive end, Tunmise Adeleye, did not make it down to Alabama’s Junior Day event in February but is looking at a possible trip to Tuscaloosa this Spring.

Adeleye is a Texas product, who will play for IMG Academy this upcoming season. The 5-Star recruit has gone on record several times in the past and said Alabama was at the top of his recruitment. He told Touchdown Alabama that he is eyeing a return trip to Tuscaloosa.

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Agiye Hall to announce last 4 before commitment date

2021 4-Star wide receiver, Agiye Hall, will announce his last four schools March 1 ahead of his expected March 14 commitment date.

Hall, who was once thought of as a 5-star recruit, is now listed as a 4-star recruit, according to most recruiting sites. He will play his senior season at IMG Academy after playing for Armwood High School previously. The Tide is expected to be in Hall’s last four as he has expressed his great respect for their program.

Yours truly caught up with Hall at the Future 50 Media Day Event in December.

The Florida product also had some good things to say about the city of Tuscaloosa on Game Day.

“The town is beautiful, especially on game day, it is live,” Hall said.

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Kansas City re-signs former Alabama receiver, Gehrig Dieter to its roster

Hopefully he finds a way to make it onto the 53-man roster and stays there, but it seems like Kansas City really likes Gehrig Dieter.

After spending last season on the practice squad and helping the Chiefs capture its first Super Bowl title in 50 years, the franchise decided to resign Dieter. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the former Alabama player is back with the Chiefs. 

He was not selected through seven rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, but Dieter signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. A native of South Bend, Ind., he made his first NFL catch versus the Las Vegas/Oakland Raiders in 2018 and played in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. It will be interesting to see if Kansas City can keep its receivers together for Patrick Mahomes, but Dieter has a great relationship with the star quarterback. 

At some point, the organization must look at him as a marquee player. 

He and his wife, Meg Dieter, do great charity work in the community, and he demonstrates the qualities needed to be on an active roster.

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This spring will be pivotal for Taulia Tagovailoa at Alabama

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He now has to quickly become his own man. 

Since childhood, he has been stuck in the glow of his older brother. After watching guys like Trent Dilfer (Elite 11) train his elder sibling, he witnessed his brother come off the bench as a freshman in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game for Alabama versus Georgia and toss for three scores – including a 41-yard, game-winning strike in overtime. 

He observed him being a runner-up to the Heisman Trophy, collect All-American honors and change the perception of Crimson Tide football in 2018. However, his brother has now been called to a different path and Taulia Tagovailoa enters his second year at Alabama this fall. 

He is not Tua Tagovailoa, but he doesn’t need to be. 

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Dakota Mitchell reacts to Alabama offer, sets Spring visit

2021 athlete, Dakota Mitchell, included Alabama in his top 10 after Alabama offered him in January.

Mitchell is a 2021 athlete, who lined up at running back, wide receiver and defensive back for Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida during his junior season. The Florida product holds more than 20 Division 1 offers. Alabama’s special teams’ coordinator told Mitchell about his offer from the Tide.

“Coach (Jeff) Banks called me and told me on the phone,” Mitchell said. “I was too excited. I called my mom afterward, screaming guess who offered me.”

The offers continue to pour in for Mitchell as Oklahoma and Georgia Tech have both offered him this month. The Tide were joined by the Sooners, Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, Auburn and Miami in Mitchell’s top 10. Alabama made the cut because of their continued success.

“It is crazy how the program has just been unstoppable and will continue to be unstoppable,” Mitchell added.

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Former Alabama LB Eyabi Anoma dismissed from Houston Cougars

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College has been a rough transition for the former five-star prospect. 

After transferring from Alabama, Eyabi Anoma took his talents to the University of Houston in hopes of a fresh start.

However, the talented yet troubled individual is on the move again. 

According to Joseph Duarte, a beat writer for the Cougars via the Houston Chronicle, the Maryland native has been dismissed from the football team for violating team rules. 

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WATCH: Who will commit to Alabama next?

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Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class is in its early stage with three verbal commits.

Similar to the 2020 recruiting class, the Tide will look to do most of their damage throughout the year. With this recruiting method, a commitment for the Tide could come at any point.

Touchdown Alabama’s Scouting/Recruiting Analyst, Justin Smith, breaks down a couple of recruits, who could verbally commit to Alabama in a matter of months on the latest episode of “The Process.”

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Current, former Tide players predict Henry Ruggs potential 40-time at NFL Combine

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With the NFL Scouting Combine two weeks away, the next wave of talent is ready to impress coaches, fans and the league as a whole.

For the University of Alabama, it’s tied for third in sending the most players to the combine (10).

While many draft analysts expect the Crimson Tide to place five guys in the first-round, one will command full attention in the 40-yard dash. 

Henry Ruggs III, a native of Montgomery, Ala., was a star athlete in football, basketball and track during his career at Robert E. Lee High School. He prides himself on having elite speed and in his three years at Alabama, he stood as the fastest player on the team at all positions. 

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PODCAST: Can Mac Jones deliver Alabama football to a CFP National Championship?

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Before signing Tua Tagovailoa in 2017, having a quarterback to manage situations in the game was all Alabama needed to win national championships. It was not dire for the Crimson Tide to have someone special; however, Tagovailoa presented it with something it never had before. 

After helping the team win a national championship as a freshman, he navigated the offense to averaging 45.6 points per game in 2018. Tagovailoa engineered 10 games of at least 40 points – including six 50-point contests and two 60-point matchups. Fans of the Tide weren’t used to the program scoring so rapidly and efficiently, and it changed the perception of Alabama football. 

With Tagovailoa pursuing the NFL Draft, the question lies on whether Mac Jones has the capability of leading the Tide to a national title.

The rising junior from Florida started in four games last year. He led Alabama to 40-plus points versus Arkansas and Auburn, despite it falling to the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Mark Ingram wants smoke with person who took viral photo of he and Derrick Henry at 2016 CFP title game

He is the energy behind the Baltimore Ravens, but that does not mean he takes kindly to disrespect.  

Not only has everyone laughed at the viral photo shown around the world of Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry at the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Alabama’s first-ever Heisman Trophy winner has seen it himself and was not pleased.

The photo has been used as a meme with a 6-foot-3 monster in Henry towering over the 5’10” Ingram, in shoulder pads and a helmet at the coin toss.

Alabama defeated Clemson by a score of 45-40 to win a national championship, but Ingram was forced to live with that lasting image for a while. 

On Tuesday, he was a guest on CBS Sports HQ and the topic of conversation was the infamous picture of him and Henry from the game. When asked about if he knew the photo would be a viral sensation, the 2009 national champion responded with ‘Man, that picture was weak.’ 

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4-Star in-state DE, Jeremiah Williams, reacts to Alabama offer

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2021 4-Star defensive end and outside linebacker, Jeremiah Williams, announced he received an offer from the Tide Friday via Twitter.

Williams is a product of Ramsey High School in Birmingham, Alabama. His offer list is one of the more impressive in this class as Georgia, LSU, Florida and more have previously offered. The Ramsey product said he had a special feeling when he found out about his offer from Alabama.

“I really felt honored,” Williams said.

Nick Saban was the one, who informed Williams’ coach of his offer. Williams has great respect for the success Alabama has enjoyed with Saban at the helm and feels they are not going anywhere.

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Alabama Junior Day List

Alabama is expecting some of the top recruits in the nation this weekend for their Junior Day event.

Here is a look at the recruits, who have confirmed to Touchdown Alabama, that they will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday.

*List will be updated as more names are confirmed 

Ga’Quincy McKinstry – 5-Star DB

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Former Alabama WR Xavian Marks prepares for his Pro Day

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Regardless of not having a lot of big plays in his career, Xavian Marks was on a trio of Southeastern Conference Championship teams (2015-16, 2018) and two College Football Playoff National Championship teams (2015, 2017) in his four seasons at Alabama. 

A native of Rosenberg, Texas, he was a late addition to the Crimson Tide’s 2015 signing class and he served at both wide receiver and on special teams. He totaled 43 receiving yards, 187 punt return yards, 123 kick return yards and returned one punt for a touchdown in his tenure. 

The 5-foot-8, 174-pounder had the ability to make people miss in space, and he was also a stalwart on Alabama’s track and field team.

Despite putting his name in the transfer portal in March of 2019, Marks is currently training back home for his Pro Day coming up soon. 

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PODCAST: Will Nick Saban be able to keep this coaching staff together at Alabama?

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Alabama football has endured some turnover on its coaching staff in the last few years. 

Whether it was losing Kirby Smart, Jeremy Pruitt, Lane Kiffin and Mario Cristobal to head coaching jobs in college or graduating assistants to the NFL, some of Nick Saban’s former assistant coaches have taken on the mindset he once had.

Prior to Alabama winning him over, Saban would not stay at an institution longer than four to five years. 

Upon getting a top-tier coach, Crimson Tide fans had the joy of watching it for a year or two before it left for a new challenge. While every assistant aspires to be a head coach, there are some schools that have managed to keep a solid core of guys together for a long time. 

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PODCAST: Tua Tagovailoa headlines first-rounders for Alabama in Stephen’s latest mock draft

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His main focus will be to win all medical assignments at the NFL Combine, but it would be difficult to see Tua Tagovailoa fall out of the top five of the NFL Draft – if all things check out. 

Every pro team knows what he is capable of and aside from making sure he’s cleared from the medical aspect, the former Alabama quarterback will also meet with a few teams and participate in interviews. He was a legend in his three years with the Crimson Tide, helping the program capture a Southeastern Conference Championship in 2018 and a College Football Playoff National Championship as a freshman in 2017. His output of 3,966 passing yards with 48 total touchdowns as a sophomore was good enough to earn him runner-up to the Heisman Memorial Trophy and All-American honors.

Tagovailoa also took home the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year award for his performance. The native Hawaiian ended his tenure ranking first all-time in school history for touchdown passes (87) and total touchdowns (96). 

On Wednesday, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine released my first mock draft via In My Own Words.

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PODCAST: Alabama lands grad transfer at tight end, and it’s time to talk spring football

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The addition of Carl Tucker at tight end provides Alabama with a huge need on its roster for spring practice and the upcoming season. A graduate transfer from North Carolina, Tucker visited the program on last week and decided to commit to the Crimson Tide on Wednesday. 

Once a three-star recruit, he totaled 36 catches for 549 receiving yards with four touchdowns during his tenure as a Tar Heel.

He brings experience, depth and playmaking abilities to the position group. 

In Wednesday’s segment of In My Own Words, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine breaks down the impact of Alabama getting a commitment from Tucker. 

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WATCH: Alabama set for huge Junior Day

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Alabama football will host a Junior Day this weekend and multiple top-tier recruits will be in Tuscaloosa.

Touchdown Alabama’s Scouting/Recruiting Analyst, Justin Smith, takes a look at a few recruits, who will be in T-Town on the latest episode of “The Process.” Smith also provides updates on the Tide’s 2020 recruiting efforts.

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Pro Football Focus highlights Henry Ruggs of Alabama before NFL Combine

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He is one of the best wide receivers in this draft class and some analysts have him projected a first-rounder come April.

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Henry Ruggs III had a stellar career at the University of Alabama – winning a Southeastern Conference Championship and a College Football Playoff National Championship in his tenure with the team.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder was one of four receivers that finished with 500-plus yards in 2019 for the Crimson Tide. 

He totaled 746 yards with seven touchdowns on 40 catches, to a tune of 18.6 yards a catch. 

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Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama identifies his goal for NFL Scouting Combine

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He is looking for a home run in one area from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2. 

Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama football will attend the NFL Scouting Combine and after three seasons with the Crimson Tide, he looks forward to proving his worth as a franchise quarterback for years to come.

He was featured on Super Bowl Live via NFL Network on Thursday and Tagovailoa’s main objective is to check all medical boxes.

While other players will look to wow pro scouts and teams, the native Hawaiian has identified his goal for the week. 

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