Miami football faces Alabama secondary led by three South Florida natives

January 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
January 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team will face an Alabama secondary led by South Florida natives Jordan Battle at safety and Josh Jobe at cornerback. Jobe originally attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami before transferring to Chesire Academy in Connecticut. Battle is a St. Thomas Aquinas alum.

Jobe was committed to Miami for over 2.5 years before signing with Alabama in December 2017. Battle signed with the Crimson Tide a year later in December 2018. Jobe was a big loss for Miami in the Class of 2018. Coming out of high school, Jobe was the 109th ranked player, 14th ranked CB and number one in Connecticut.

Battle was the 43rd ranked player, second-ranked safety and sixth in Florida in the Class of 2019. Jobe has received increased playing time as he enters his fourth season with Alabama. In 2020, Jobe had 55 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Jobe is a 2021 preseason first-team All-SEC.

Battle was named second-team preseason all-SEC. In 2020, Battle was third on Alabama with 66 tackles, added three TFLs, an interception that he returned for a touchdown and had four pass breakups. Battle was a starter throughout the 2020 season after starting four games in 2019.

Also returning in the Alabama secondary is Daniel Wright. Wright is an alum of Boyd Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale. Wright was fourth on Alabama with 60 tackles in 2020 and added one TFL, two interceptions one of which went for a TD and two pass breakups. Wright is projected as a backup in 2021.

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Battle, Jobe and Wright will see familiar faces lining up against them. Miami wide receiver Mike Harley is also a St. Thomas Aquinas alum. Seven scholarship WRs on the Miami football roster are from South Florida. The Miami WRs against the Alabama secondary will be a battle to watch on Saturday.