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Ole Miss' Lane Kiffin praises Nick Saban's ability to 'cherry-pick' transfer players

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Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin spoke about the talent on the Alabama roster on the SEC teleconference Wednesday ahead of his team's matchup against the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Oct. 2.

After a tough road win against Florida last week, Kiffin praised Alabama's performance. "They have a great team, great players," said Kiffin of Alabama.

Kiffin mentioned the talent Alabama brings in out of high school as well as the transfer portal. He marvels at how well coach Nick Saban recruits college players as well as high school players.

"For years now you’ve had the issue when you play Alabama, they have five-star players like an NFL team and better than some NFL teams at certain positions. Now they go cherry-pick players for any holes they may have like an Ohio State receiver or a Tennessee linebacker," Kiffin said.

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Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams, a transfer from Ohio State, has caught 11 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Crimson Tide. (Gary Cosby, USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams, a transfer from Ohio State, has caught 11 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Crimson Tide. (Gary Cosby, USA TODAY Sports)

The receiver from Ohio State, Jameson Williams, has caught 11 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns this season. He leads Alabama in receiving yards. The linebacker from Tennessee is Henry To'oTo'o. He leads Alabama in tackles this season.

When Kiffin mentions "cherry-picking" he is talking about the pull Alabama has to get top transfers.

Ole Miss has an open week this week before playing Alabama next Saturday.

Alabama hosts Southern Miss on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 6:30 p.m. It will be televised on the SEC Network.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Lane Kiffin praises Nick Saban's ability to recruit transfer players