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A look at how much Alabama’s outgoing transfers are valued in NIL

The Alabama Crimson Tide have lost a ton of players in the transfer portal since the departure of Nick Saban. In the college football landscape of today — Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) plays a factor in transfer destinations — and players often make their final choice based on where they will ultimately make the most money.

On3 keeps running valuations of players’ total NIL worth. Here are the Alabama players who have entered the portal along with their NIL appraisal:

Caleb Downs, Safety — $903K

Downs is the crown jewel of the transfer portal, ranked as both the best player available and best player overall in this cycle. Currently vying for his services are Ohio State and Georgia.

Julian Sayin, Quarterback — $814K

Sayin, who was the top quarterback in the nation and one of the best players overall in the class of 2024, is the second best player available in the portal and No. 4 overall. It appears early on that it will be a battle between USC and Ohio State for him.

Isaiah Bond, Wide Receiver (Texas) — $661K

Bond was Alabama’s second leading receiver in 2023 with nearly 700 yards and four touchdowns. He is the No. 6 overall player in the portal and the No. 2 receiver. He heads to Texas to play in Steve Sarkisian’s offense.

Kadyn Proctor, Left Tackle — $653K

Proctor is another player who was a 5-star recruit and saw starting reps as a freshman. He is expected to commit to Iowa and return to his home state, where he was initially committed before flipping to Alabama.

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Dezz Ricks, Cornerback (Texas A&M) — $396K

Ricks was a freshman for Alabama in 2023 but did not see any action other than special teams. This was mostly due to depth at the position, however, as he was one of the top recruits of the 2023 class and is expected to be an immediate contributor in College Station.

Eli Holstein, Quarterback (Pittsburgh) — $374K

Holstein was one of two quarterback recruits Alabama took in the 2023 class, with Dylan Lonergan electing to stay in Tuscaloosa as of now. Holstein, a Louisiana native, heads to north to Pittsburgh for his second year.

Amari Niblack, Tight End (Texas) — $307K

Niblack was one of the breakout players of the Alabama offense in 2023, finishing with 20 receptions for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Another offensive weapon who heads to Texas to play for Steve Sarkisian.

Trey Amos, Cornerback — $202K

Amos, who had transferred to Alabama from Louisiana before the year, was a depth piece for most of the year until the SEC Championship, where he stepped in for the injured Kool-Aid McKinstry and made several huge plays. He was expected to start for Alabama in 2024.

Jake Pope, Safety (Georgia) — $171K

Pope, who redshirted his first year, only saw action on special teams for Alabama this year being at another position the Tide were deep at. Pope will try to reset his career in Athens, another place they are very deep at safety as well.

Kendrick Blackshire, Linebacker — $169K

Blackshire was an exciting prospect out of Duncanville, but never fully took off at Alabama. He recorded 16 tackles this season in mostly rotational action but saw a good bit of special teams action. He heads back to his home state of Texas, the third Alabama prospect (so far) to do so.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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