Alabama Football: Biggest impact from new players next fall

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Thirteen new, 2022 Alabama Football players will enroll early. One of them, 5-Star quarterback signee, Ty Simpson is already practicing with the team. A few others may join the Playoff practices later.

In gauging which new Alabama Crimson Tide players can make an impact next fall, it is the early enrollees that have the best chance to see the field in a meaningful role next September.

Currently, the new players scheduled to enroll early are:

  • Eli Ricks, former 5-Star and LSU cornerback
  • Jeremiah Alexander, 5-Star LB and No. 8 player overall in the ’22 class
  • Ty Simpson, 5-Star QB and No. 24 overall
  • Tyler Booker, 4-Star, OT and No. 51 overall
  • Shawn Murphy, 4-Star LB and No. 57 overall
  • Jaheim Oatis, 4-Star DT and No. 60 overall
  • Jihaad Campbell, 4-Star LB (Edge) and No. 78 overall
  • Kendrick Law, 4-Star ATH and No. 87 overall
  • Jamarion Miller, 4-Star RB and No. 97 overall
  • Trequon Fegans, 4-Star CB and No. 104 overall
  • Amari Niblack, 4-Star ATH and No. 173 overall
  • Elijah Brown, 4-Star TE and No. 303 overall
  • Dayne Shor, 3-Star OL and No. 384 overall

Being in Tuscaloosa for the 4th Quarter Program, nutritional and other training enhancements, plus spring practice gives the 13 guys an early advantage over summer enrollees. A summer enrolling player can break through during summer workouts and fall camp. The few who do are less likely to see key game roles until later than September.

Breaking through to a key role is one part, what players do and one part the positional needs of the team. For example, Jeremiah Campbell may become an Alabama Football superstar, but the roster logjam in front of him will likely limit him early.