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Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer is tasked with replacing one of the best recruiters in college football history, as Nick Saban had one of the top classes in the country each year. DeBoer never finished with a top-25 recruiting class in the two he recruited on his own at Washington, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. However, that did not stop him from making a run to the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship after inheriting a roster that went 4-8 in 2021. Recruiting players to Alabama will be easier than Washington, but DeBoer needs to bring in elite classes from Alabama recruiting and the transfer portal.
DeBoer has already been recruiting during his first week as Alabama’s coach, trying to keep the current roster intact while he fills out his coaching staff and reaches out to top high school players. Current Crimson Tide players have 30 days to enter the transfer portal following Saban’s retirement. If you want to see the latest Alabama recruiting news, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at Bama247, the 247Sports affiliate that covers Alabama.
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One player that DeBoer’s staff is interested in is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Top247 four-star receiver Marcus Harris. The 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver has already received more than 30 offers, including Alabama and Washington. He caught 43 passes for 644 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season after finishing with 644 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Harris is expected to make several trips to different schools in the coming month, wrapping up with a visit to Tuscaloosa in February. See his full visit plans at Bama247.
DeBoer is also targeting linebacker Zaydrius Rainey-Sale, who is the No. 1 prospect in Washington. The one-time Huskies commit was re-offered by the new Alabama coaching staff after he decommitted from Washington when DeBoer was hired by the Crimson Tide. Rainey-Sale is the No. 12 linebacker and No. 80 player in the country, per the 247Sports Rankings and has already reported 13 offers. Bama247 learned more about his decision and his updated recruiting timeline, which you can see here.
Alabama has also started making moves out West under the new coaching staff. DeBoer spent time at Fresno State and Washington, so he has plenty of ties to that part of the country. His staff has already offered some of the best players on the West Coast, including Rainey-Sale. Another player DeBoer offered is Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley linebacker Marco Jones, who had already received an offer from Saban and attended a Washington game last year as the top recruit in Northern California. See the other top 2025 West-Coast recruit that DeBoer’s staff offered here.
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Alabama’s new coaching staff is also going after a three-sport athlete who is one of the top players in California for the class of 2025 who “had Washington on his short list.” See who it is at Bama247.
Who are the top players that Alabama’s new coaching staff is targeting right now and which three-sport star from California is among them? Go to Bama247 to see all the latest Alabama recruiting news, all from a team of reporters with decades of experience covering the Crimson Tide, and find out. And reminder, Bama247 is offering 60% off an annual VIP membership, so subscribe now before it’s too late.
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