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Alabama Basketball keeps rolling as the football team looks to start locking up 2022 recruits

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

First, check out our recap of Alabama’s win over South Carolina in bouncy-hoops last night:

I’m personally really proud of the pun I slipped in on the subject of Alex Reese’s hair.

Unfortunately, the game came at a cost.

Alabama basketball redshirt-freshman forward Juwan Gary, just minutes into his first career start for the Crimson Tide, went down with a shoulder injury in Tuesday’s game at South Carolina.

At the 17:33 mark of the first half, Gary fell down on the court after getting tangled up with Gamecocks forward Wildens Leveque. Gary was clutching his left shoulder and was screaming in pain.

Alabama is now down two forwards in Gary and Bruner while the hybrid Herb Jones is playing with a bad back. The Tide is really hurting up front, and that will be a challenge as they look to wrap up an SEC Title and make a run in the NCAA tournament.

Back to the oblong-ball sport, check out this piece from 11 Warriors:

Unlike Clemson, Alabama had no intention of letting such an obvious shortcoming go un-probed. The Tide had already made glance routes a foundational aspect of their base offense and with a handful of veteran “analysts” scouting future opponents, there was no question of how they might attack Ohio State.

While images of DeVonta Smith running untouched up the seam will forever haunt Tuf Borland, the Buckeye corners will have nightmares of their own. With little time to prepare (Day later noted that his team had just one padded practice in advance of this game due to COVID protocols), Ohio State had few counters at its disposal.

With the Buckeye front-seven so focused on stopping Najee Harris and the inside run game, cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Sevyn Banks were left on an island against the nation’s best receiver. Meanwhile, Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian toyed with the duo, mixing glance routes in with screens to ensure Smith would get a clean release off the line.

It’s more focused on Ohio State and how their defense showed cracks early on that Alabama exploited, but it’s a fantastic piece of work detailing the intricacies of the RPO slant that Alabama ran so well (and comes with some fun embedded highlights).

In recruiting news, Alabama is hoping to secure the commitment of a 4-star tight end on Friday:

Four-star tight end Elijah Brown will announce his college commitment on Friday, February 12, the Dayton (Ohio) Wayne product announced on his Instagram Monday afternoon.

Brown is one of UA’s top targets in the class of 2022 at the tight end position, a spot BamaOnLine recently noted as an area of need for the Tide in the cycle.

UA offered Brown last July and has kept in constant communication with the Ohio native. New offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is the area recruiter for the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder.

Alabama will bring in two highly talented freshmen in Caden Clark and Robbie Ouzts this year, but going ahead a locking up a dud e for next year would be great.

CBS Sports HQ will have the broadcast of Martin (Tenn.) Westview Top247 2022 quarterback Ty Simpson’s college commitment on Feb. 19. The blue-chipper will announce his pledge at 3 p.m. (EST) during a ceremony at his high school.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Simpson is the country’s No. 2 dual-threat passer per the 247Sports Composite. He recently talked about the programs he strongly considered throughout his process.

Not far behind will be Ty Simpson, who many expect to be THE QB for Alabama’s 2022 class, though Clemson is chief competitor.

Alabama members: 8

End/safety/place-kicker Don Hutson: Green Bay Packers 1935-1945. Inducted in 1963.

Quarterback Bart Starr: Green Bay Packers 1956-1971. Inducted in 1977.

Quarterback Joe Namath: New York Jets 1965-1976, Los Angeles Rams 1977. Inducted in 1985.

Guard John Hannah: New England Patriots 1973-1985. Inducted in 1991.

Center Dwight Stephenson: Miami Dolphins 1980-1987. Inducted in 1998.

Tight end Ozzie Newsome: Cleveland Browns 1978-1990. Inducted in 1999.

Outside linebacker Derrick Thomas: Kansas City Chiefs 1989-1999. Inducted in 2009.

Quarterback Ken Stabler: Oakland Raiders 1970-1979, Houston Oilers 1980-1981, New Orleans Saints 1982-1984. Inducted in 2016.

As you might could guess, Alabama leads the SEC in the total number of NFL Hall of Fame players... And that’s before this wave of greats from the Saban era wind up working their way in and doubling this number.

Roll Tide!