Say what you need about the way forward for faculty soccer.
Say that it is doomed due to NIL and the switch portal. Say that it will without end be tarnished by the all-important need to make a buck. Say that we have gone previous the purpose of no return with amateurism.
However do not lie. It might be fairly candy to commerce locations with Jordan Addison proper now.
The previous Pitt receiver and 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner hit the open market and received the crimson carpet rolled out at USC and Texas. Quickly, Alabama reportedly will host Addison. Gamers of Addison’s caliber often do not attain this level. They’re often within the NFL or returning for an additional season on the similar faculty campus the place they began their profession.
As a substitute, Addison now will get to principally decide his subsequent vacation spot getting into his pre-draft season.
you realize In case you have not heard.
Barring a last-minute change, Addison will select between USC, Texas and Alabama. The Maryland native would not seem like frightened about taking part in near dwelling, and any potential NIL bundle figures to be important at his future vacation spot. Every program has a former 5-star recruit anticipated to start out as QB1 in 2022, and all of them have an offensive play-caller with confirmed chops.
Addison is selecting between the appropriate 3 faculties, not less than primarily based on these components. But when he is targeted on setting himself up finest for the NFL, Alabama must be his remaining vacation spot.
Now could be the half within the column the place somebody says “no person of their proper thoughts would decide to reside in Tuscaloosa as an alternative of Austin or Los Angeles.”
Thanks on your suggestions, Trevor. I wager you have completely been to all 3 locations and will give Addison a useful tour information primarily based in your private experiences and never lazy stereotypes.
The issue together with your level, Trevor, is that Addison is not selecting the place he is gonna retire. He is selecting the place he’ll most likely spend perhaps 6 months of his life earlier than leaving to coach for the NFL Draft.
There is not any higher place for that than Alabama, AKA the varsity with 5 first-round receivers previously 3 NFL Drafts. That is not Texas, AKA the varsity with 0 first-round offensive gamers drafted since Vince Younger. That is not USC, AKA the varsity hoping to compete with a brand new coach after a 4-8 season.
Together with 2018 first-rounder Calvin Ridley and 2022 second-rounder John Metchie, Alabama had 7 receivers picked within the prime 50 of the NFL Draft previously 5 years. Coincidentally, that is the very same period of time new USC coach Lincoln Riley was at Oklahoma. Even supposing he had 3 quarterbacks end within the prime 2 of the Heisman Trophy voting, what number of whole receivers did Riley have drafted as the top coach at Oklahoma? Three.
yikes There is not any contest there.
There’s additionally no contest with regards to the opposite argument in Alabama’s favor. Jameson Williams was a post-spring switch who simply wanted fall camp to get on the identical web page as Bryce Younger. All Williams did as a first-time starter was almost beat out Addison for the Biletnikoff en path to changing into a first-round receiver. Williams paved the way in which for transfers to step into Alabama and develop into stars. That is most likely an enormous cause coveted transfers Jermaine Burton and Tyler Harrell each left beginning roles at Energy 5 applications to go to Tuscaloosa.
Talking of these guys, ought to that maybe give Addison some reservations about going to Alabama? Like, the truth that Younger already had 2 guys join the “Jameson Williams bundle” at Alabama’s receiver resort?
nope Final I checked, neither Burton nor Harrell has confirmed to be high-volume guys. Each ought to completely have a big function and will develop into All-SEC gamers whether or not Addison joins or not, however any notion that Alabama’s receivers room is simply too crowded for the Biletnikoff winner is foolish.
If Addison prefers to function principally out of the slot like he did final yr in Mark Whipple’s offense, Alabama can accommodate that. With Williams (NFL), Metchie (NFL), Slade Bolden (NFL) and tight finish Jahleel Billingsley (switch to Texas) all gone, Alabama has a serious gap to fill within the slot. Here is what number of snaps every of these guys performed within the slot in 2021:
- Bolden, 538 snaps
- Metchie, 236
- Williams, 196
- Billingsley, 128
If we embrace transfers Javon Baker (18) and Agiye Corridor (15), Alabama misplaced 1,131 slot snaps value of manufacturing from 2021. In the meantime, Harrell virtually by no means strains up within the slot and Burton performed simply 75 snaps within the slot in comparison with 310 out vast. Even when the Alabama employees is intrigued by the event of underclassmen slot guys like Christian Leary and JoJo Earle, that is nonetheless under no circumstances a dealbreaker for Addison taking part in the place he is most comfy.
In addition to, that is Alabama. This can be a place with extra next-level receiver expertise than anyplace in America (by a rustic mile), and but from 2018-21, there have been 7 situations when an Alabama participant completed within the prime 25 nationally in receiving. None of these guys was restricted as a result of “they needed to face SEC competitors,” both. Two of these got here with Younger, who received the Heisman as a first-year starter.
That is the trump card on this entire factor. Addison is selecting between 1 quarterback who performed at an all-world stage in comparison with a few immensely promising, however unproven quarterbacks.
Misplaced within the shuffle of Williams’ true freshman season was that whereas he took over for Spencer Rattler, he additionally received benched within the second half within the loss to Baylor, who was the primary top-90 protection he noticed in his profession. It confirmed. The truth is, take a look at Williams’ numbers towards top-70 defenses vs. his numbers towards non-top 70 defenses, starting with when he took over towards Texas:
Video games w/ 60% passing
5 for five
0 for 3
In the meantime, Younger is the man who stared down arguably the very best protection within the twenty first century and dropped 461 whole yards and 4 touchdowns in a Playoff-or-bust convention title sport.
Possibly I am within the minority, however I might want to catch passes from that man and never the man who was nonetheless figuring issues out in a thriller towards Kansas.
That is additionally why I would not need to signal as much as play with Ewers. As intriguing as he’s as a possible Heisman wager, it is a completely completely different gamble in case you’re a receiver in a pre-draft season who indicators as much as catch passes from a man with out a single throw on the FBS stage. Younger not less than received reps as a real freshman earlier than Jameson Williams got here on board from Ohio State.
After all now with Alabama, it is a a lot completely different promote to portal receivers. If Addison performs his playing cards accurately, he can develop into the brand new go-to goal for the returning Heisman winner. He can play for the overwhelming nationwide championship favorites as an alternative of maybe going to applications who did not make the postseason final yr.
I do not understand how a lot that issues to Addison. For all I do know, he is received a Trevor mindset with regards to the place he desires to reside and the Tide’s overwhelmingly apparent recruiting pitch will fall on deaf ears.
But when Addison is listening to and seeing clearly, he’ll quickly e-book a 1-way flight to Tuscaloosa.