On Early National Signing Day, Nick Saban makes a splash and swipes former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks. With Coach O gone, the former Freshman All-American is taking his talents to title town. Alabama had a great day in 2022 Early Signing Day, but Eli Ricks makes it a whole lot better.
Eli Ricks changes the game for Bama:
Ricks is suddenly CB1 for the Crimson Tide, and the secondary looks a lot stronger for next year. With Ricks and Koolaid playing across from each other, and Branch playing inside the Tide has three very good CBs. Not to mention the rising star that is Demarco Hellams at safety. A guy I really like heading into next season.
Eli Ricks was recruited to Bama out of high school. Ricks has been quoted saying during his senior year he “Talked to Saban every day”. Ricks and Bryce Young seem to be acquainted as well, as per this tweet by Bryce:
What’s next for the Tide:
There are still more transfer portal targets and late signing guys to look out for. One in particular that I would keep an eye on is Georgia Tech RB Jahmyr Gibbs. The blue chip running back left Georgia Tech and now it seems his sights are set on Tuscaloosa. With McClellan, Sanders, and a good running back class coming in, Gibbs could be bumping someone right on out of a roster spot.
There are moves to be made by Nick Saban and his staff, but as of right now the Tide look poised to have a killer defense come 2023. Let’s find out if it gets any scarier.