Alabama Football: No opt-outs and lots more going on with the Crimson Tide

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As of early afternoon on Friday, it appears not a single Alabama football player will opt out of the Sugar Bowl. While a mind or two may change leading up to the game, the Crimson Tide’s roster is expected to be reduced by transfers, but not opt-outs.

Many college football players, projected in the first, second, even third round of the 2023 NFL Draft have decided to skip bowl games. A couple of them have decided to skip a CFB Playoff game.

In contrast, future top draft choices Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. will suit up for the Crimson Tide.

In other news affecting some Alabama Crimson Tide players, the NCAA has issued an immediate, one-time waiver of the redshirt rule. This season, players may participate in a fifth game (a bowl game) without losing their future redshirt opportunity. Notable Alabama players affected by the waiver are backup quarterback, Ty Simpson, Jeremiah Alexander, Shawn Murphy, Danny Lewis and Shazz Preston.

Much more going on with Alabama Football

The last visit weekend of the 2023 recruiting cycle has top players in Tuscaloosa. The biggest name for the weekend, is also the biggest recruit, at a position of the Crimson Tide’s arguably biggest need. He is 5-Star, offensive tackle prospect Kadyn Proctor.

Proctor is the No. 2 rated offensive tackle and the No. 12 player overall based on the On3 Consensus 2023 class, player rankings. The elite offensive lineman has been committed to Iowa for almost six months but Nick Saban and the Alabama football staff have maintained frequent contact with him, including a recent in-home visit by Saban. On an earlier visit to Tuscaloosa, Proctor was joined by his mother, who came away highly impressed by the environment she experienced during the trip. At this point, it is looking like Alabama has a great chance to flip Proctor.

In other college football news, the Transfer Portal is expected to have two highly valued players who would be great fits with the Crimson Tide.

Goodwin got no starts in his freshman season with the Wildcats, but Crimson Tide assistant, Eric Wolford knows him well. Should he transfer to Alabama, he would be in serious contention for a starting role next season.

Another top player is expected to enter the Portal and at another position of need for the Crimson Tide.

dark. Next. Making moves for Kadyn Proctor

It is fast and frenzy time in Tuscaloosa. Bama Hammer will provide frequent updates.