Alabama Football Freshman getting rave reviews early on

Mar 6, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Defensive coordinator Kane Wommack gives directions during
Mar 6, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Defensive coordinator Kane Wommack gives directions during / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

One of the biggest question marks for the Alabama Football team is in the secondary heading into 2024. The group saw key contributors in Caleb Downs, Kool-Aid McKinstry, Terrion Arnold, and Jaylen Key all depart. The players that were slotted in as replacements hit the transfer portal; Earl Little, Trey Amos, Dezz Ricks, and Kristian Story. This has opened up unexpected roles that either true freshmen or incoming transfers will have the opportunity to fill.

The player that's stood out early is true freshman Red Morgan, a four-star recruit from Phoenix City, Alabama who plays safety. The Freshman has made an easy transition to college football thanks in part to playing 7A Football in Alabama with daily practice battles against Auburn receiver Cam Coleman and Daylyn Upshaw a three-star recruit in the 2025 class.

Wide receiver Kobe Prentice had a strong comparison for the freshman safety:

"He is picking up the defense very well and its impressive. He reminds me of Caleb Downs. They have different playing styles but, for a young guy that's come in dissected the defense, and looks the part when he's out there. He reminds me of Downs."

Kobe Prentice

The 'A Day' scrimmage this Saturday will be the first massive stage for the true freshman defensive back. The scrimmage takes place right before the transfer portal opens up, meaning a solid performance may dissuade the new coaching staff from pursuing another safety.

Playing defensive back in the SEC is a difficult task, especially for a true freshman. We've seen a few players do it at Alabama with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Patrick Surtain II, and Kool-Aid McKinstry standing out. From the looks of it thus far at practice, Red Morgan is on the track to joining an exclusive list.

Which Freshman can impress at 'A Day'

While Morgan will look to continue to impress at A-Day there are a few other defensive backs to watch in Zavier Mincey, Zabien Brown, and Jaylen Mbakwe who all may find themselves in contention for a starting job at cornerback. While Ryan Williams will only be spectating, the receiver to watch is Caleb Odom who has impressed in his transition to wide receiver. The last receiver to watch is Aeryn 'Bubba' Hampton who Nick Saban flipped on signing day. The four-star recruit is impressing early on in practice.

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