Alabama filled the vacant defensive backs coach position on Thursday as it was announced that Karl Scott, who was in the same position the last two seasons at Texas Tech, would be coming to Tuscaloosa.
Per BamaInsider.com, there was another name that Nick Saban was interested in: Patrick Surtain.
“I met with all the people in the office, I met with Coach Saban and his staff. It was actually a great experience for him to even consider me,” Surtain said. “To be a [defensive backs] coach at Alabama would be a tremendous honor. Eventually it may happen, but I guess it wasn’t the right time.”
Surtain, who is currently the head coach at American Heritage HS in Plantation, Fla., played 11 seasons at cornerback in the NFL, making three Pro Bowls and earning the 2002 NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year.
Also of interest to Saban and the Tide is the fact that Surtain’s son, Patrick Surtain Jr., is rated the No. 1 cornerback and No. 6 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class and has yet to commit to a school with signing day quickly approaching. If Surtain would have been hired for the on-field coaching role, his son would have still been able to commit to and play for the Crimson Tide.
The elder Surtain made sure that it wasn’t a package deal.
“That was the first thing I mentioned to Coach Saban,” Surtain said. “I told him I didn’t want it contingent on where Pat [Surtain Jr.] comes there or not. That wouldn’t be fair to him. [Saban] assured me that it wasn’t. He interviewed me because he thought I’d be a great defensive backs coach.”