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Jumbo Package: What if Jake Fromm had stuck with his Alabama commitment?

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Happy Thursday, everyone. We learned that Bo Scarbrough is using this time to finish his degree from Alabama, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, the phone call with VP Pence and the conference commissioners didn’t go so well.

“Our players are students. If we’re not in college, we’re not having contests,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who was on the call.

”Our message was, we need to get universities and colleges back open, that we were education-based programs, and we weren’t going to have sports until we had something closer to normal college going on,” he added.

The article goes on to mention a differentiation between professional athletes who can collectively bargain the terms under which they will play and college students, who cannot. We can’t go blurring those lines lest some judge decide that college players are employees who can, in fact, unionize. This is probably the greatest threat to the college football season, and one that I hadn’t considered. Hope for the best.

ESPN decided to go down some what-if rabbit holes, and this one is probably the most interesting.

So what if Georgia didn’t offer Fromm? Kiffin maintains that Tagovailoa had given Alabama the impression he was coming well before Fromm decommitted and was still going to come whether Fromm was there or not.

Had that happened, Alabama would have had two ESPN 300 quarterbacks in the class along with Jalen Hurts on the roster. That would have meant Fromm and Tagovailoa would be competing for that future starting spot, though.

So would Fromm have eventually transfered? Would he have an opportunity to transfer to Georgia after the fact?

More importantly for Georgia, do Smart and his team make it to the College Football Playoff in the 2017 season? Fromm threw for 2,615 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a freshman, helping Georgia to an SEC championship and a national championship game appearance.

Personally, I can’t imagine a scenario where both Fromm and Tagovailoa ended up on the same team. Had that happened, though, it stands to reason that Georgia would not have been in the playoff.

For those wondering where Coach Oats was going to find a roster spot for some of these recruits and transfers...

Jaylen Forbes entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday night, has learned.

A former four-star recruit, Forbes averaged just 10.4 minutes and 2.7 points per game as a freshman for the Crimson Tide last season.

Forbes is the second member of Alabama’s 2019 signing class to enter the transfer portal since the end of the season, joining forward Raymond Hawkins.

This isn’t terribly surprising considering the new depth chart.

Mel Kiper, Jr. spoke about some of Alabama’s players in the draft.

“Diggs is a guy who had some games where he was a little inconsistent in terms of his coverage ability,” Kiper said. “He likes to be physical. You think about what he can be at the pro level when he’s coached and continues to improve. At Alabama they get great coaching from Nick [Saban]. That’s a speciality of his. He works hard on those defensive backs.

”I think Diggs is still a work in progress. The inconsistency has to be eliminated. If you see him in the right game, you think he’s a late [first-round pick]. If you see him in a couple other games, you think he’s a third- or fourth-round pick.

That LSU game is really haunting Trevon. He would likely have done better for himself by playing well against Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones in the bowl game, but that’s none of my business. It worked out best for Alabama since Josh Jobe got some run.

Last, Bob the drug dealer stole my thunder in the comments yesterday, but this just has to be shared.

Please, people. Do this.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.