26 - 23! Now What? The heady high of Alabama's thrilling win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is fading. A little. Saban proved he's The Coaching Master by daring to pull Tua off the bench to recalibrate the team. Jalen brought them to the championship game; Tua took them to the win. They are two unbelievably, talented young men.
Fans are excited for the team and the upcoming football season. Happily, the National Championship can't hurt in attracting top tier players on National Signing Day - February 7. Five juniors have declared for the NFL draft so far, and they will need to be replaced (reloaded). Saban & staff are still adjusting to the new recruiting schedule after the early signing period in December.
In the past couple of weeks, though, there has been a development that would be intriguing to discuss with the quarterbacks, most especially Hurts . . . Tuscaloosa News
Alabama currently has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class by a wide margin, per the 247Sports Composite, and is in position to only add to its lead over the rest of the country . . . Bama Online
Bru McCoy said, "It's Alabama, you have to look at them. I took a visit my freshman year and it's a great school with an incredible football program. I felt really comfortable on my visit . . . 247Sports
JK Scott's replacement, barring an unforeseen occurrence, will be Skyler DeLong, who enrolled early and handled the punting duties for Alabama in April's A-Day Game . . . Bama Online
Paul Tyson went to-to-toe with fellow Crimson Tide verbal commitment Taulia Tagovailoa . . . 247Sports
A starter since his freshman season, Fitzpatrick capped his three-year career as arguably one of the team's most celebrated defenders after the unanimous All-American won the Jim Thorpe and Chuck Bednarik awards . . . Montgomery Advertiser
Four different Arkansas head coaches have been a part of Alabama's 11-game winning streak against the Razorbacks . . . Bama Online
"Coach Saban, he said he liked my explosiveness, quick first step," Keenan said. "He said they like big guys who can cause a lot of mess . . . Huntsville Times
A five-star prospect moving right into the starting lineup at tackle has become old hat for the Crimson Tide, but Williams has been everything his coaches hoped for and more since arriving in Tuscaloosa . . . Mobile Press-Register
As odd as it may have seemed from the Alabama perspective, quarterback prospect and Crimson Tide commitment Taulia Tagovailoa drew perhaps the most attention among the near 40 high school teams filled with college football prospects last week at the program's Iron Bowl rival campus . . . 247Sports
Saban saying Tagovailoa gave the Crimson Tide "a spark" in the playoff title game is a huge understatement. Simply put, Tagovailoa's the biggest reason Alabama won . . . Montgomery Advertiser
Nick Saban has a major decision to make. Either go with the quarterback who is 26-2 as a starter or the one who came off the bench at halftime to spark Alabama's 26-23 overtime win in the College Football Playoff title game . . . Montgomery Advertiser
Sexton made quite a first impression by deciding to take No. 2, his college number but also the one previously worn in Cleveland by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving . . . Decatur Daily
Alabama point guard Collin Sexton could potentially pair with future NBA Hall of Famer LeBron James as a dynamic pick-and-roll combo after the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Sexton at No. 8 overall . . . Decatur Daily
It's not hard to figure out a big reason why the Cavaliers took Sexton with the No. 8 overall pick at the NBA draft, nor is it hard to imagine the Cavs are likely hoping the move works out a little better for them than it did for James' old team . . . Yahoo Sports
"Man, LeBron, let's do it," Sexton said on ESPN. "I see you need a few pieces last season, now let's do it. Let's go back to the Finals . . . Dothan Eagle
Cornelius Bennett shared, "I've had so many people in my life who gave back, and I'm so thankful that I'm here tonight to help the Palmer-Williams Group give back to the local community . . . Huntsville Times
What ensued was the unveiling of a special painting that Steve Skipper took over 1,200 hours to complete: Da'Ron Payne, celebrating seconds after he tiptoed into the end zone to help send the Crimson Tide in their way to a spot in the national championship game . . . WSFA-TV (Montgomery)
Lane Kiffin's less-than-hospitable split from Tennessee after the 2009 season has been well-documented, and he said Thursday that Alabama security officials wanted to take extra precautions upon his return as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator in 2014 . . . Mobile Press-Register
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