The cornerback group may be the biggest drop-off from 2023 to 2024 after losing Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry. The group will have a massive battle for cornerback two and three roles with no clear replacement after Trey Amos transferred.
The Lock: Domani Jackson
One of the last players Nick Saban brought into the program was USC Cornerback Domani Jackson. Once ranked as one of the top cornerbacks in his recruiting class Jackson hasn't quite reached the level of play many expected him to reach however, he's still a great cornerback. Jackson will be one of the team's starting cornerbacks and will have All-American potential in 2024.
In the Mix: Jaylen Mbakwe, Zabien Brown, Zavier Mincey, Jahlil Hurley, and Tony Mitchell
The team's second and third cornerback battle will be between many unproven players and true freshmen. Of the returnees, Jahlil Hurley and Tony Mitchell will compete as former top recruits. Their talent, combined with college experience will likely give them an edge on the Freshmen. Jaylen Mbakwe is the highest-rated cornerback of the freshmen but, he's not as polished due to his bigger role on offense in High School. Zabien Brown and Zavier Mincey were both five-star recruits in this class and are as polished as some of the freshmen cornerbacks we saw play for Nick Saban. Mincey has everything you'd hope for in a corner and could well start in year one.