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Tyler Harrell Alabama

Tyler Harrell Poised To Wow Alabama Fans This Fall

  • Ryan Fowler
  • July 6, 2022
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Following the losses of Jameson Williams, John Metchie III, and Slade Bolden, Alabama has had no issue in replacing its trio of former perimeter standouts this spring. A program that rejuvenates talent like no other in college football, the Crimson Tide’s newest face on the outside—wide receiver Tyler Harrell—could be one of their most dynamic weapons in 2022. 

When it comes to Harrell, the Louisville transfer, don’t blink. A four-year member of the Cardinals before committing to Nick Saban’s Tide this spring, Harrell provides one of the most unique skill sets of any wideout in the country. A track star that has since turned his spikes in for football cleats, his gaudy 29.06 yards per reception will immediately provide Alabama with a true burner to complement their deep rotation of pass-catchers this fall. In an offense that includes fellow transfer portal adds in wide receiver Jermaine Burton (Georgia), running back Jahmyr Gibbs (Georgia Tech), and offensive tackle Tyler Steen (Vanderbilt), Harrell will look to become a featured target in the high-flying Alabama offense that also includes returnees in Ja’Corey Brooks, JoJo Earle, and Traeshon Holden.

A three-star prep talent by way of Miami, Fla., Harrell was one of the most sought-after pass-catchers in the transfer portal this offseason. And while his production at Louisville by no means blew anyone out of the water, projecting him down the line and into an offense spearheaded by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young invites an entirely new lens into the player Harrell could be this fall in Tuscaloosa. 

If spring ball is an early sign of things to come, it looks as if a healthy amount of his touches could come via designated plays on tunnel screens, jet sweeps, and schemed opportunities in space—it’s no secret offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will look to get the ball in Harrell’s hands as much as possible. He fits the mold of a modern-day offensive skill player that will keep opposing coordinators up late into the night.

Yeah, he can fly.

Recruited heavily in the portal by many of the nation’s top programs, it goes without saying the importance of having that type of weapon in a collegiate offense already known for its elite prestige. From NFL talents in Cordarrelle Patterson to Calvin Austin III to Rondale Moore, at 6-foot-1, Harrell could be the next premier offensive chess piece to hear his name on draft day called in due time. While we’ll have to wait until—potentially—the 2024 NFL Draft to hear his name called with two years of eligibility remaining, the newest face on the Tide provides a skill set that will ‘wow’ early and often this fall.

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