Alabama Football: Jumping ship
While half of the 2021 recruiting class has developed well, the other half are no longer in Tuscaloosa.
13 of the 27 commits from that class have hit the portal, including 5-star recruits Tommy Brockermeyer (TCU) and Ja’Corey Brooks (Louisville). Brooks had some great moments with the Crimson Tide, and was generally considered a starter before having a disappointing junior year. Brockermeyer, an offensive tackle, stayed in the program for two seasons and never carved out a role.
Additional transfer exits on the offensive side of the ball include running back Camar Wheaton (SMU), wide receivers Agiye Hall, Jojo Earle (TCU), and Christian Leary (Georgia Tech), and offensive lineman TJ Ferguson.
Defensively, Alabama has lost defensive linemen Monkell Goodwine and Anquin Barnes Jr., linebacker Ian Jackson, and defensive backs Kadarius Calloway, Khyree Jackson (Oregon), and Kaine Williams from the class of 2021.
In the age of the transfer portal, this will likely become a regular occurrence among the top teams that continuously stack elite recruiting classes. It is certainly not a reason to panic.
Looking back on the class of 2021 for Alabama Football, it is fascinating to see the discrepancies in success while continuing to follow the stories of these individual players.