Lane Kiffin won’t be at Alabama next season coaching up the Crimson Tide’s Class of 2017 commitments, as he has accepted the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic University.
The loss of Kiffin, one of college football’s most brilliant minds when it comes to offense, may hurt on the field — that still remains to be seen — but it should not affect Alabama when it comes to recruiting. In fact, Kiffin was arguably Alabama’s least important recruiter on the trail. No recruit committed to Alabama had a significant relationship with Kiffin for his departure to have any affect on recruiting.
Kiffin was the primary recruiter for several commitments such as Elliot Baker, Brian Robinson, Chadarius Townsend, Kendall Randolph, Kyriq McDonald and Hunter Brannon, but each of those guys are rock solid in their commitment. Baker, a junior college prospect, will sign with Alabama this Wednesday. Robinson is expected to sign his financial aid agreement in the near future. Townsend already has signed his financial aid papers. Randolph grew up an Alabama fan. McDonald is signing his financial aid agreement on Monday. Brannon is a lifelong Alabama fan who will attend the school even if he’s given a grayshirt.
SEC Country talked with several Alabama commitments to get their thoughts on Kiffin leaving the program:
Recruits react to Kiffin leaving Alabama
4-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa responded to Kiffin’s departure in an exclusive interview with SEC Country. Read it here.
5-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood: “He was a great offensive coordinator and will definitely lead that program in the right direction. Best of luck to him.”
4-star athlete Chadarius Townsend: “I believed he played a great part in the Alabama program, and I wish he would’ve stayed, honestly. But it’s his decision.”
4-star tight end Major Tennison: “I wish him nothing but success.”
4-star offensive guard Kendall Randolph: “I wish him the best.”
4-star offensive tackle Elliot Baker: “That’s good for him.”
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