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5 recruits that newly hired, Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer needs to reach out to

It might take a minute before newly hired Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer actually goes out and recruits. However, there are some calls that DeBoer can make to recruits now that he has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Alabama.

DeBoer will have to quickly assemble a coaching staff to get out on the recruiting trail and retain players on the current roster. Events will likely move very quickly in the coming days.

Roll Tide Wire lists five recruits DeBoer needs to reach out to as Alabama’s new head coach.

2024 5-star WR Ryan Williams Jr.

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The first call DeBoer needs to make is to 2024 five-star wide receiver Ryan Williams Jr. The Saraland High School star has all of the tools to be successful at the college level. Soon after the news broke that Nick Saban was retiring, Williams Jr. announced he was decommitting from the Crimson Tide.

Now, he should be made the top priority for the Alabama coaching staff. Recruiting analysts have gone as far as comparing Williams Jr. to former Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith. If DeBoer wants to make an instant splash, he will go all-in to sign Williams Jr. on the traditional national signing day in February.

2024 5-star ATH Terry Bussey

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Before Nick Saban retired, the Crimson Tide was in the mix for 2024 five-star athlete Terry Bussey. With the coaching changes, that status is subject to change, unless DeBoer reaches out to the Texas native.

Last month, Bussey said that he would likely make a trip to Tuscaloosa. With Isaiah Bond and Jermaine Burton gone, DeBoer could sell early playing time at the wide receiver position. Bussey is a name to monitor for Alabama fans. He is a talent that is simply too difficult to pass up on.

2025 5-star WR Jaime Ffrench Jr.

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Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union

The lone five-star committed to Alabama in the 2025 recruiting class is Jaime Ffrench Jr. He has been committed to the Crimson Tide since the summer. DeBoer will need to reach out to the talented wide receiver out of the Sunshine State.

Other programs such as Florida State and Ohio State have had Ffrench Jr. on campus for visits. It will not be easy to hold onto Ffrench Jr.’s commitment. Therefore, DeBoer must begin to develop a relationship with him sooner rather than later.

2025 5-star QB George MacIntyre

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Mickey Welsh-USA TODAY NETWORK

With a decision likely nearing, Alabama could be on the outs for 2025 five-star quarterback George MacIntyre. That is if DeBoer and the rest of the coaching staff decide to not pursue MacIntyre. There is a strong chance that DeBoer does reach out to the five-star.

His top three schools are Alabama, LSU and Tennessee. He has made multiple visits to each school. MacIntyre is a superior talent in the ’25 class. Alabama needs to do what it can to remain in the race for the Tennessee native. I believe DeBoer and the Crimson Tide will do so.

2025 4-star QB KJ Lacey

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Mickey Welsh-USA TODAY NETWORK

Ryan Williams’ teammate who Alabama is steadily keeping tabs on is 2025 four-star quarterback KJ Lacey. Lacey is committed to Texas, but he will be in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit on Jan. 20. I would imagine Lacey becomes a top target for DeBoer and the rest of the Alabama coaching staff.

He is an Alabama native and possesses raw arm talent. Some have gone as far as comparing him to former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young. His ability to throw from multiple different arm slots and his dual-threat capabilities are truly interesting to watch. He certainly needs to be one of the first recruits that DeBoer reaches out to.

Story originally appeared on Roll Tide Wire