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Happy Tuesday, everyone. Not much going on today, but as always we’ll give you what we have.

LSU QB transfer TJ Finley lists Alabama among teams who are recruiting him.

“Alabama is coming at me hard,” Finley said. “Penn State and Florida are, too, and Ole Miss is still in the picture as well. Those are just some of the ones off the top of my head. Everyone is giving me the opportunity to compete.”

With so many SEC schools involved, Finley doesn’t plan to make a decision until the conference rules on intraconference transfers.

“The only thing that is holding me back is the SEC-to-SEC transfer rule,” Finley said. “I think they will make a ruling on it June 3, so I’m waiting to see if that gets passed. Once that gets passed, I will be able to make my decision about what I want to do.”

I don’t doubt that Alabama has done some due diligence here, but I have to call bullshit on the assertion that they are recruiting him hard. If that is true, it likely means that someone (read: Paul Tyson) is intending to transfer out, but there has been no indication of that. We’ll keep an eye on it. The note about June 3 is interesting. Don’t know where Finley got that information, but Henry To’o To’o clearly expects the rule to be relaxed.

Alabama tops another preseason poll.

Can the Crimson Tide win another one with a new-look team? Saban is used to his roster flipping thanks to NFL losses and another elite-level recruiting class means the cupboard continues to be stocked with the type of premiere players needed to get it done. Rising sophomore quarterback Bryce Young assumes a leadership role along with veteran running back Brian Robinson, who will get RB1 carries for the first time in his career. Alabama made crucial hires along the offensive line and at OC hoping to maintain its level of superiority in those areas.

Ho, hum.

The Pats are excited to help Christian Barmore reach his immense potential.

By the time he transferred to Neumann Goretti High School in Philadelphia for his senior year in 2017, the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder was eager to join his first football team. The absence of experience hadn’t prevented Temple from offering him a scholarship on the spot when he attended its summer camp, and the lore snowballed.

Word spread. College coaches flocked to Philly to watch him practice. More offers came in – still before his first game.

“His story is amazing,” said Ron Holmes, who was Barmore’s defensive line coach at Neumann Goretti.

As Barmore’s stock soared, he told Holmes he wanted to play for Alabama. When Alabama offered, he told Holmes he wanted to make it to the NFL.

Imagine putting on pads for the first time as a high school senior and then four years later being drafted by Bill Belichick in the second. Amazing.

Josh Primo’s NBA stock is rising.

The Crimson Tide has two players waiting on NBA Draft workouts and evaluations, perimeter players Josh Primo and Jaden Shackelford. When the two declared for the NBA Draft and left the door open return, the general wisdom was that both would be back.

“General Wisdom,” though, is not an NBA General Manager. Primo has always been considered an eventual NBA first-round choice, but many thought his age (17) would give teams pause. But the NBA is not the NFL, and teams are willing to overlook youth for potential. (Were it not for NFLPA restrictions, more NFL teams would roll the dice on teenagers, too.) Suddenly, Primo’s name has been climbing and first-round status seems likely with good reviews in the next four weeks.

As Cecil notes, Nate Oats still has to clear one roster spot should both Primo and Jaden Shackelford return to school.

Last, Alabama basketball assistant Ikenna Smart is doing some good in the world.

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

Roll Tide.