Don't expect Alabama coach Nick Saban to constantly refresh the NCAA transfer portal waiting for new names to appear. If you take Saban at his word, he plans to keep building his program the old-fashioned way – recruiting high school standouts – and use the transfer portal where it makes sense, even as college football moves into an era that will make it easier than ever to transfer.
Alabama wrapped up its spring camp over the weekend with its annual A-Day scrimmage. Now that the Crimson Tide has 15 workouts under its belt, it should have a better feel of what it has moving forward into the fall as it looks to repeat as national champions.
Something that a lot of University of Alabama fans may have forgotten over the years was that in the wake of the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, the Crimson Tide football team would soon be dealing with another tragedy. On May 11, Aaron Douglas, an incoming Alabama offensive lineman who previously spent two years at Tennessee, died in Jacksonville, Fla. due to an accidental drug overdose.