Alabama sent three of its defensive linemen to the NFL this offseason, but the Crimson Tide could be poised to land another great anchor up front in 2016.
On Monday, defensive lineman Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, a graduate transfer from Utah, visited Alabama, a possible destination for his final year of eligibility. He played in all 13 games for the Utes last season, totaling 28 tackles (six for a loss), two sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
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Tu’ikolovatu, listed at 6-foot-1 and 320 pounds on Utah’s athletics site, would be an excellent replacement on Alabama’s D-line — especially after monster tackles A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed were taken in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. D.J. Pettway also signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent.
Alabama has had plenty of success with grad transfers in the past. Wide receiver Richard Mullaney, who transferred from Oregon State, became an excellent target in the slot in 2015: He caught 38 passes for 390 yards and five touchdowns.
If Tu’ikolovatu — who has also visited Nebraska — chooses Alabama, he would join Bowling Green transfer wide receiver Gehrig Dieter as players who could make immediate contributions for the Tide in 2016.