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Ranking of additions to Alabama Football’s spring transfer portal

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The frenzy of the spring transfer portal is almost over, or at least gone. It was busy but productive for Kalen DeBoer and the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. In total, DeBoer and the Tide added six players during the spring offseason to secure certain positions ahead of the 2024 college football season.

Depth was a concern in the offseason on both the defensive and offensive lines, and to the credit of DeBoer and his staff, Alabama was able to add a number of pieces to fill the holes on the roster.

With the chaos seemingly behind us, let’s rank the additions to Alabama Football’s spring transfer portal in relation to their importance for the 2024 season.

1

Kadyn Proctor

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Following Nick Saban’s retirement, Kadyn Proctor abruptly left Alabama and returned to his home state to join the Iowa Hawkeyes. Although he wasn’t gone long, his presence was greatly missed by the Alabama football program. With Proctor back in the fold, Alabama has secured its starting left tackle position with a player who has first-round NFL draft potential in a few seasons.

2

DaShawn Jones

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Not only was Alabama thin at cornerback after spring training, but experience was a real concern. Aside from Domani Jackson, the Crimson Tide didn’t have a single corner who had played a snap in college football. DaShawn Jones has started games at Wake Forest the past two seasons and has shown some promise as a boundary corner. His talent ceiling may not be as high as some of the freshmen on Alabama’s roster, but you can’t coach experience.

3

Graham Nicholson

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I’m not sure anyone could ever fill the void left by Will Reichard, the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer. But if you’re going to try to replace him, I think the reigning Lou Groza award-winning place kicker is a good place to start. Graham Nicholson connected almost automatically on 27-28 field goal attempts in 2023. Nicholson could decide some games for the Tide in 2024.

4

King Mack

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The addition of King Mack from Penn State is one of the sneakiest additions to the spring portal in my opinion. While Alabama appears set at all three safety positions, along with Malachi Moore, Keon Sabb and DeVonta Smith, Mack is a former top-100 recruit who could arrive this fall and throw a wrench into the depth chart. At worst, Mack will be a solid special teams player for Alabama in 2024 and could be a bonafide star for the Tide before his college career is over.

5

Geno VanDeMark

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Anytime you can add depth to the interior of your offensive line, it’s a win. Especially when that depth is a player who has experience in major college football. Geno VanDeMark played in 18 games, including eight starts during his time at Michigan State, and gives Alabama some versatile depth on the interior. VanDeMark can play in either defense or center and will likely be one of the first players off the bench if injuries occur.

6

Kameron Howard

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The addition of Kameron Howard from Charlotte was a bit of a surprise to most. Howard played in all twelve games for the 49ers and recorded two stats. Alabama needed depth on the back end and added a player in Howard who can provide that, but also has some college experience. This could turn out to be one of those portal additions that delivers more than most people think.

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