Crimson Tide seeking help at linebacker?

68 Ventures Bowl - South Alabama v Eastern Michigan
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Inside linebacker will presumably be one of the strengths of the Alabama Football roster in 2024. Redshirt junior Deontae Lawson and junior Jihaad Campbell return as one of the best tandems in the conference, while senior Justin Jefferson and redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Alexander provide reliable depth. 

Several newcomers also join the fold, including true freshman Justin Okoronkwo who put on an impressive A-Day showing. However, it appears Alabama may be interested in adding more experience to its linebacker room. 

Junior linebacker Khalil Jacobs recently entered the transfer portal and could be an excellent fit for the Crimson Tide. Having played two seasons at South Alabama, he is already very familiar with Alabama defensive coordinator and former USA head coach Kane Wommack. 

Jacobs was highly disruptive for the Jaguars in Wommack’s 4-2-5 defense last year with 56 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and three forced fumbles. He has a lot of speed and could be useful in blitz packages as well as on special teams for the Tide. He is expected to visit Tuscaloosa as soon as this weekend. 

Khalil Jacobs previously entered the transfer portal in January and received interest from Alabama, but ultimately withdrew from the portal to stay in Mobile. After giving the new coaching staff at USA a chance, he has now changed his mind and re-entered the portal. 

This would be a good addition for an Alabama defense that has a lot of true freshmen in its inside linebacker room. In fact, beyond the two-deep, Bama doesn't have a linebacker on the roster that has ever played a game. Jacobs would add talent and experience to the unit instantly.

Another important note is that he has two years of eligibility remaining. With Alabama set to potentially lose Lawson, Campbell, and Jefferson after the 2024 season, Khalil Jacobs could be the future at inside ‘backer.