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Alabama Crimson Hit With Major Shock From Both Defensive and Offensive Elements Ahead of Playoff

Published 12/08/2023, 11:02 AM EST

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As the transfer portal swings open, college football teams face a landscape akin to the NFL’s free agency and draft. Schools must navigate between utilizing the transfer portal and traditional recruiting to shape their rosters in this dynamic environment. Under Nick Saban’s stewardship, Alabama football has embraced a strategic mix of both approaches, showcasing the program’s adaptability and commitment to maintaining excellence.

However, there’s news about the team’s roster. Receiver Ja’Corey Brooks and defensive lineman Isaiah Hastings entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Brooks was the team’s biggest offensive weapon last year. He recorded 39 receptions for 674 yards and 8 receiving touchdowns. His dynamic performances contributed significantly to Alabama’s offensive firepower. But he lost his role and had to deal with a shoulder injury this season. Regardless, he is best known for his game-tying touchdown catch during the final minute of the 2021 Iron Bowl. This was during his freshman season.

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Apart from Brooks, Hastings, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman also entered the transfer portal. The reserve didn’t enter a game all season after appearing in one ULM last year. As per reports, he was a 4-star recruit during the 2022 cycle.

The NCAA transfer portal has a 30-day window. It will end on January 2. In total, four Alabama Crimson Tide players, including Brooks and Hastings, have entered the portal. Tyler Buchner (QB) and Thaiu Jones-Bell (WR) are the other two athletes. Buchner is reportedly heading back to his old school, Notre Dame, to play lacrosse.

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While Alabama has demonstrated a willingness to tap into the transfer portal for specific roster needs, recruiting remains the lifeblood of the Crimson Tide. Saban’s ability to attract top-tier talent through traditional recruiting has been a cornerstone of Alabama’s sustained success. 

Will Alabama players receive five extra days to enter the transfer portal?

As Alabama adjusts to these roster changes, the team remains focused on maintaining its competitive edge and pursuing excellence in the gridiron. The team has at least one game left, heading to the Rose Bowl against Michigan on January 1. If they win that, they will face either Texas or Washington in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

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Thus, Alabama Crimson Tide athletes will get five more days to enter the transfer portal after the final game of the season.

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