As the Kalen DeBoer era continues to get underway for Alabama Football we've continued to see additions and subtractions. The Alabama Football team had its 25th player enter the transfer portal as Amari Niblack entered his name Sunday afternoon. Niblack had 20 catches for 327 yards and four touchdowns this season.
The tight end room takes a hit losing a player as Amari Niblack however the room is still filled with talent and has a chance to be one of the best groups on the team in 2024. Alabama Football returns CJ Dippre who had 11 catches for 187 yards and Robbie Ouzts who had three catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Both players played a big role in both receiving and blocking providing much-needed versatility. The group will also add the fifth-ranked tight end in the country, Caleb Odom. Odom will be a massive threat receiving as his athleticism is off the charts similar to Niblack.
The Alabama Football team's 2025 recruiting class took a massive hit as Jamie Ffrench the 29th-ranked player in the country and the fourth-ranked wide receiver. The Alabama Football team has suffered some major losses over the past few weeks at wide receiver with the transfer of Isaiah Bond, Ryan Williams, and Jamie Ffrench. Kalen DeBoer will have plenty of time to try and regain the commitment of Ffrench especially with key recruiters like Courtney Morgan and Jamarcus Shephard now on board.
The recent transfers of pass catchers are shocking, especially given the recent track record of Kalen DeBoer and Ryan Grubb's offense. Over their two seasons at Washington, there have been four 1,000-yard receiving seasons with tight ends also playing a key role in the offense in both seasons. For receivers like Ryan Williams and Jamie Ffrench a coach like Kalen DeBoer should be the ideal coach to play for wide receiver development, as he's helped receivers like Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillan, and Ja'Lynn Polk become NFL Draft candidates.
Alabama Football: Freshman will contribute in 2024
This past season we saw Kadyn Proctor and Caleb Downs play massive roles as true freshmen which was seen as a rarity. In 2024 with nearly thirty transfers leaving the program, we'll likely see more freshmen contribute than we ever saw in the Nick Saban era. At receiver, true freshmen Rico Scott, Aeryn Hampton, and Amari Jefferson will all have a chance to start at receiver. At cornerback, Zavier Mincey, Jaylen Mbakwe, Zabien Brown, and Jameer Grimsley will all compete to start. At the end of the day the Alabama Football team has so many talented players that whoever's left behind will still give the program a chance to win a National Championship.
Note: Stats via ESPN