The Alabama Crimson Tide hired former Washington coach Kalen DeBoer following Nick Saban’s retirement. DeBoer will have big shoes to fill, especially on the Alabama football recruiting trail. Saban has landed college football’s top prospects for years and now DeBoer will be tasked with keeping the Crimson Tide’s roster loaded with star players. That could be a challenge after DeBoer failed to recruit a top-25 class in his two full seasons at Washington.
Despite not landing a top-25 recruiting class at Washington, DeBoer led the Huskies to a 25-3 record in his two seasons at the helm. Being a winner could draw some of the nation’s top prospects to one of the most notable programs in college football and keep existing recruits like four-star receiver Rico Scott around. 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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DeBoer picked up his first commitment at Alabama when Washington quarterback Austin Mack announced his decision to transfer to the Crimson Tide on Jan. 19. The California native reclassified from the 2024 class to the 2023 class, but he did not play during his freshman season with the Huskies. Mack was the No. 8 quarterback in his class and has four years of eligibility remaining, adding another name to a crowded Alabama quarterback room that includes Jalen Milroe, Ty Simpson, Dylan Lonergan and Julian Sayin. Mack spoke to Bama247 about his decision to transfer, which you can read about here.
One player that DeBoer’s staff is interested in is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Top247 four-star receiver Marcus Harris. The 2025 recruit holds offers from more than 25 programs, including big names like Georgia, Michigan and Texas. DeBoer and his former Washington staff offered Harris when they were with the Huskies, and he has already planned a visit to Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s Junior Day on Feb. 3. He burst onto the scene as a sophomore, catching 25 passes for 644 yards and 12 touchdowns to showcase his big-play ability. Harris added 43 receptions for 644 yards and six scores as a junior, and he is considered one of the top wide receivers in the 2025 class. He is the No. 20 receiver nationally and the No. 20 prospect in California, per 247Sports, and he is about to visit some of the top schools on his list. See his full visit plans at Bama247.
DeBoer is also targeting linebacker Zaydrius Rainey-Sale, who is the No. 1 prospect in Washington. Rainey-Sale is currently ranked as a four-star prospect and already has a great relationship with DeBoer and his staff. He was committed to Washington but he opened up his recruitment after DeBoer left for Alabama, who quickly offered the 6’2″, 220-pound linebacker.
Rainey-Sale played in just six games in his junior season, but he made a difference when he was on the field. Rainey-Sale racked up 65 total tackles, including 52 solo, and recorded six tackles for loss. He currently ranks No. 172 nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the Class of ’25. 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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