Miami football faces eight Alabama players from South Florida

Apr 17, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team will face eight Alabama players on Saturday who are originally from South Florida. Jordan Battle, Josh Jobe and Daniel Wright lead a Crimson Tide secondary as Canes Warning previously highlighted as players who are from South Florida. Five other positions players from South Florida play for Alabama.

Wide receivers Ja’Corey Brooks and Thaiu Jones-Bell, linebacker Dallas Turner, defensive lineman Braylen Ingraham and snapper Kade Wehby are all from South Florida. Turner as a true freshman and the third-highest signee for Alabama in 2021 is the only one of the above five on the three-deep Crimson Tide depth chart.

Alabama lists Turner as the third-team JACK LB which is likely similar to the Miami striker. Turner is a St. Thomas Aquinas alum. Ingraham and Wehby were high school teammates of Turner. Wide receiver Mike Harley, a 2017 graduate is the only Aquinas alum on the Miami football roster.

Brooks graduated from IMG Academy after transferring from legendary Booker T. Washington in Miami. In five games with IMG in 2020, Brooks had 16 receptions for 306 yards and five touchdowns.  A Carol City alum, Jones-Bell had one reception for a loss of two yards in 2020 as a true freshman.

Brooks and Jones-Bell eventually will have bright futures at Alabama. Patience is critical when committing to play for the Crimson Tide. Ingraham who was a four-star signee with Alabama in 2019, has only five tackles in four games during his two seasons. Wehby is a walkon long snapper.

It is extremely unlikely that any of the five listed here will make an impact on Saturday. Battle, Jobe and Wright are all key Alabama defensive backs. The Miami offense will particularly have an interesting battle with Jobe who was once committed to the Hurricanes. Jobe could be frequently covering Miami WR Charleston Rambo.

The Miami Alabama game is as much a battle of the players from South Florida as it is the Hurricanes and Crimson Tide. If Miami hopes to start signing more elite players from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the Hurricanes need to be competitive against teams like Alabama.

dark. Next. Miami faced Alabama secondary led by 3 South Florida natives

Signing five-stars, defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and safety James Williams in the Class of 2021 was important for Miami. Usually signing elite players will attract more players in the classes behind them. The Hurricanes need to continue the momentum on the recruiting trail, particularly in South Florida.