DeBoer Talks Ryan Williams, Recruiting, More at Mobile Team Focus Event

New Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer spoke at the Team Focus charity event in Mobile, a longtime organization on the Gulf Coast that helps to provide father figures to young men and boys without fathers.

Nick Saban appeared yearly at the event as the keynote speaker, but now it was DeBoer’s turn to step to the podium.

During a brief Q&A with reporters before the event began, DeBoer was asked about a wide range of topics including recruiting in the south, in-state superstar wide receiver and incoming freshman Ryan Williams, the team’s mindset after the spring, and much more.

Asked what Williams would have to show this summer to get on the field as a freshman, DeBoer said that the best players will play regardless of age.

“We’ll play the best guys…It doesn’t matter what age they are. And Ryan certainly has got a very special skillset — explosiveness, along with just consistent production,” DeBoer said.

“I think from him, what’s been just so impressive, it goes back to the week we met with him and he came on campus. There was so much thrown at him, a new head coach, new coordinator, new position coach. And when I hear him talk about what it is within our program that he really enjoyed and is excited about. He retained so much of that information, which leads you to believe that man, this is an important decision for him, that he was being really thorough, being really thoughtful. I just can’t wait to get him there with our guys because that attention to detail, is something that you just can’t take for granted.”

One of the obvious questions about DeBoer when he was hired was whether or not he would be able to recruit in the South. But according to him (and the results), things are going well and it’s nothing new.

“It’s intense no matter where you’re at. And fortunately I have a great staff around me that has a lot of connections, ties, understood where maybe a lot and who a lot of the 2025s or the 2026s [players] are. They have done a great job with trying to get caught up in those relationships, because I think it’s inevitable that you’re gonna be behind when you come in new and you’re trying to hit the ground running. But you’ve also gotta pull everything together and trying to figure out where our focal points are at and getting through a lot of the film. We’ve done a good job establishing those relationships throughout the spring. I think we’re in a good spot. But yeah, we’re gonna have to play catch up here and there on a few guys,” DeBoer said.

Through his first spring practice as Alabama’s head coach, DeBoer also said that the team’s mindset of unselfishness is exactly where it needs to be.

“We have a team-first mindset right now when it comes to guys across the board. These guys are here for a reason. They want to develop themselves individually but they want to win a championship. And so it’s been pretty apparent as we went through the spring exactly what their focus is. We got better each and every day and that’s all you can ask. And that leads into good momentum going into the summer here. These guys get a couple of weeks away, kind of just ease their mind and refresh their mind and their body. And we’ll hit the ground running come June,” he said.

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