Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has reigned supreme in college football. This year was very different from previous years. First off, Alabama has struggled as a favorite this season, something traditionally unheard of with Saban at the helm. Alabama also lost its first game to Tennessee in 15 years and a road game to LSU where the offense looked terrible. Many former players have also noted that this Alabama team looks undisciplined.
With everything circulating in the Alabama program this year, could Nick Saban bring on new staff for the 2023 season? I believe he does. While Peter Goulding and Bill O’Brien are solid recruiters, their skills are yet to show on the pitch this season. Every name is a candidate for a school like Alabama, and if the tide let both run, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a big-name coach join the team for a year before taking a head coaching job elsewhere. On the defensive side, Alabama needs a coordinator to get them back in the game Kirby Smart era defense. I think Saban will be running at least one this offseason in hopes of saving the Tides Dynasty.
Lane Kiffin is one of the top college coaches right now, leading Ole Miss to a top offense every year. Could Lane Kiffin Leave Ole Miss? I personally find this rumor ridiculous. Lane Kiffin built Ole Miss into a competitive SEC West team in just a few years, and there wouldn’t be any point in leaving now. Unlike Ole Miss, Auburn is second fiddle when it comes to Alabama football, making recruiting more difficult than Ole Miss, which is first fiddle in Mississippi. Many pundits believe Coach Kiffin is waiting for the Alabama job once Coach Saban retires, and if that’s true, taking the Auburn job will ruin any chance he currently has. I believe Coach Kiffin is rejecting Auburn and running Ole Miss for years to come.
3. Malik Bryant to Florida?
A few weeks ago, QB touted Jaden Rashada shocked the college world and flipped his involvement with Billy Napier and the Gators. Ever since he passed, recruiting pundits have wondered who might be next. 4-star LB Malik Bryant’s name has been floating around with these rumors lately. A native of Orlando, Fla., Bryant heavily considered the Gators prior to his Miami engagement. Bryant recently addressed those rumors on social media, denying those rumors and bringing hope to Miami fans everywhere. Despite the Canes’ poor season, I think it’s very unlikely that Malik Bryant will keel over unless a coach is fired. Bryant has made it clear that the 305 is his future home.
4. Kadyn Proctor to Eugene?
Kadyn Proctor, the nation’s top OT recruit, has signed on Iowa over the likes of Alabama and many others and seems to have been locked in ever since. Proctor paid a visit to Oregon last week and rumors began to circulate. While it’s likely Proctor will stay with the Hawkeyes given their reputation for producing linemen, the Ducks are still on the hunt until pen to paper comes on signing day.
5. Is the Aggies Historic Recruiting Class in trouble?
Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M pulled off the best recruiting class in history. Every year since the advent of the transfer portal, we have seen second graders enter the portal for more playing time, and while it is not uncommon, there has never been a predicted high number of players leaving a school after a year. After Alabama secured the previous #1 rank, three players switched for a fresh start.
The difference here is that Texas A&M sits at 3-7 after ten games and looks completely lost as a football team. Jimbo Fisher lost that Aggies team, and I expect more than three players will enter the portal this offseason. The good news for the Aggies is that many star players are staying this offseason. WR Evan Stewart, QB Connor Weigman and DL Shemar Stewart are three young stars staying with Jimbo Fisher despite a terrible freshman year at College Station.