Alabama Football Assistant Coach Exodus is Catching Up in Recruiting, but Help is on the Way

Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban wears a hat backwards after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Karl Dunbar, Alabama’s defensive line coach, is headed to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His departure comes after 3 other losses from the 2017 coaching staff:

  • defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley left for the Oakland Raiders
  • offensive coordinator Brian Daboll left to be OC for the Buffalo Bills
  • defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left to become head coach at the University of Tennessee

This year’s Alabama recruiting class definitely felt the effects of coaching changes. has Alabama ranked #7 in their final 2018 team recruiting rankings.

The Tide have not been lower than 3rd since 2008.

Nick Saban knew this was coming.  It’s been the same thing for several years now.  This is why he made a major staff overhaul.

The NFL guys are out, and he’s back to bringing in young, competitive recruiters.

After the 2015 season, Saban lost the following assistant coaches:

After the 2016 season, Saban lost these assistant coaches:

After this season, Saban lost these assistant coaches:


For 2018, Saban has brought in much younger talent to Tuscaloosa.  This is what the Alabama coaching staff looks like right now, minus a defensive line coach (which has not been filled yet).

The fact of the matter is that the coaching staff in Tuscaloosa was not going after players as hard as younger, hungrier coaches.  And Saban made the changes required to make sure that things will change for next season.

Currently, Alabama is ranked #8 at for the 2019 recruiting class… with only 4 recruits.  One 5 star, and three 4 stars.  We’ll see how much things change with a little continuity at the offensive and defensive coordinator positions, so long as those guys are not hired away from Tuscaloosa.
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