Alabama Football Portal Tracker After Nick Saban’s Retirement

Alabama Football Portal Tracker After Nick Saban’s Retirement

Whenever it happened, Alabama’s Nick Saban’s retirement always resonated throughout the sport. But since making the decision to step down on Jan. 10 — nine days after the Crimson Tide lost to Michigan in the College Football Playoff national semifinals in the Rose Bowl — the program has been on probation when it comes to player retention.

As of Jan. 19, 10 Alabama players have entered the transfer portal since the announcement — with safety Caleb Downs, wide receiver Isaiah Bond and offensive tackle Caden Proctor among the biggest defections.

New coach Calen De Boer has stepped into one of the biggest jobs in the country after going 25-3 in two years in Washington, a tenure that culminated with a trip to the CFP national title game. Looking forward to how DeBoer, who has a 104-12 career record as a head coach, handles the SEC recruiting landscape, will be fascinating to watch.

Below is a chronological list of Alabama players who have entered the transfer portal since Saban’s January 10 announcement:

Isaiah Bond | Student | Broad future

entered the portal: January 12
New school: He committed to Texas on January 14

Bond, who has since transferred to Texas, is perhaps the biggest reason why Alabama will make the College Football Playoff in 2023. His 31-yard TD catch on fourth-and-goal against Auburn led the Crimson Tide to a 27- 24 in an iron bowl. He led the team with 48 receptions to go with 668 yards and four scores.


Sean Murphy | Freshman red shirt | The linebacker

entered the portal: January 13
New school: He committed to Florida State on January 15

Sean Murphy played 13 games for Alabama last season and recorded three tackles (two solo). He was ranked 37th overall in the 2022 ESPN 300 and the best inside linebacker in that cycle.


Desmond Rex | Freshman red shirt | Back corner

entered the portal: January 13
New school: He committed to Texas A&M on January 16

Ricks, who was 19th overall in the 2023 ESPN 300 (No. 2 CB), redshirted during the 2023 season. The IMG Academy product reclassified to the 2023 cycle on October 22, 2022, and signed with Alabama during the early signing period.


Antonio Kite | Freshman red shirt | Defensive back

entered the portal: January 13
New school: He committed to Auburn on January 17

Kite finished 119th overall in the 2022 ESPN 300 coming out of Anniston (Alabama) High School. He played in seven games in 2023, spending most of the time on special teams.


Trey Amos | Senior | Defensive back

entered the portal: January 15.

Amos attended Louisiana-Lafayette for three years before transferring to Alabama before the 2023 season. He played in all 14 games last season, starting in a 24-21 win over Arkansas. He had 12 tackles (six solo).


entered the portal: January 14
New school: He committed to Texas on January 18

Niblack was ranked 298th overall in the 2022 ESPN 300 when he joined the Alabama program out of Lakewood (Fla.) High School. He appeared in all 14 games (four starts) in 2023 and caught 20 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns.


entered the portal: January 17
New school: He committed to Ohio State on January 19

Downs’ 107 tackles not only led Alabama’s defense, but ranked fourth in the SEC. He earned a starting job at strong safety out of fall camp and was arguably the Tide’s best defensive player in helping the unit finish third in total defense in the SEC (313.3 YPG).


Kaden Proctor | Student | Offensive tackle

entered the portal: January 17

Proctor, who was taken 10th overall in the 2023 ESPN 300, surprised some by initially committing to Iowa State before transferring to Alabama before the early signing period in the 2023 recruiting cycle.


entered the portal: January 18

Grimsley, who was ranked 267th overall in the 2024 ESPN 300, was one of 17 players in the ESPN 300 to sign with Alabama this latest recruiting cycle. He attended Tampa Catholic High School (Florida).


Julian Sign | Student | Quarterback

entered the portal: January 19

Julian Saen, No. 3 overall in the 2024 ESPN 300, was one of two five-star prospects who signed with the Crimson Tide last month, along with cornerback Jaylen Mbakwe. Signe threw for 2,369 yards, 24 touchdowns and just one interception as a senior at Carlsbad (Calif.) High School in 2023. Signe had already started classes at Alabama, which is why he had to use the portal.

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