It appears clear last season’s Biletnikoff winner will not be joining Alabama Football. Multiple Crimson Tide insiders have said throughout that Addison to Tuscaloosa was unlikely. Maybe the attractions of the west coast and a lofty NIL deal are too much for the young man to turn down Lincoln Riley’s offer.
Some college football pundits have suggested Addison to USC has long been a done deal, purposely delayed until tampering claims fade. Others argue that Steve Sarkisian and Texas are still in the mix.
Addison would have excelled catching Bryce Young’s passes. But the Alabama Crimson Tide roster is loaded with talented receivers. At schools where they could become ‘the’ guy, some of the Tide receivers may have Biletnikoff level potential.
A benefit of no Addison is removing any perceived impediment to the futures of young Crimson Tide wideouts.
Though there is no suggestion Nick Saban ever reached a certain point with Addison, he could have used an old recruiting line. Many years ago, when the Alabama program needed every elite recruit it could sign, Nick Saban purportedly told Julio Jones the Tide would win with or without him.
Even more so, the Crimson Tide will be just fine and win as much without Jordan Addison.
Young Alabama Football Wideouts looking to breakthrough
- Sophomore Ja’Corey Brooks is a likely starter in 2022.
- According to insiders, sophomore JoJo Earle had a great spring and is poised to be a major contributor.
- Sophomore Christian Leary
- Freshman Aaron Anderson
- Freshman Kendrick Law
- Freshman Isaiah Bond
- Freshman Shazz Preston
- Freshman Kobe Prentice
The list of young players does not include two juniors, Traeshon Holden and Thaiu Jones-Bell or transfers Jermaine Burton and Tyler Harrell.
Law and Anderson stood out at times during spring practice. The summer additions, Bond, Preston and Prentice are no less talented. Bond has high school record-setting track speed.
Every roster in the nation has room for a Biletnikoff winner, but Alabama was not a school that badly needed another wideout. Again, no Addison is no problem for the Crimson Tide.
Just a hunch but Alabama is probably finished with roster additions for 2022. Nick Saban still has a small amount of roster trimming to do. As always, the numbers will work.