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Alabama has two young wide receivers who could be stars next season

Alabama fans enjoyed the largest collection of wide receivers in the 2017 recruiting class.

Jaylen Waddle made it a quartet a year later, but the trio of Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III kept Brian Daboll/Steve Sarkisian cheering, the quarterbacks happy and the defensive backs scared to death. Some thought the 2021 recipient class would bring the same excitement; However, Agiye Hall is in Texas and Christian Leary is in the transfer portal.

The Crimson Tide signed five receivers in 2022 and three have been effective this season.

Kobe apprenticea native of Calera, Alabama, finished with receptions (30) for 290 yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Bond posted 13 catches and Kendrick law recorded eight receptions. Aaron Anderson and Shazz Preston had no stats, but both played in matches. Anderson missed preseason camp with a knee injury. He worked his way back towards the end of the year and saw action against Austin Peay and Auburn. The trio of Anderson, Law and Preston all hail from the state of Louisiana.

All five wideouts have the potential to be great; However, junior quarterback Bryce Young singled out Bond and Law as players with a “professional mindset” after the Iron Bowl. Bond took the team lead on receptions (four) and rushed for 36 yards overall in a 49-27 win for the Tide over Auburn. Law collected two passes for 52 yards, including a long reception of 39 yards.

Young told reporters after the matchup that Bond and Law are not serving as freshmen.

“IB and K-Law have done a great job of strengthening each other,” Young said of the two freshman recipients.

“They wouldn’t realize they were freshmen, how they attack every practice, how they approach meetings and things like that. The moment is never too big for her. They play with confidence and they play freely. You have an energy about yourself.”

Alabama lost Leary and Traeshon Holden to the NCAA transfer portal. The Tide could lose another receiver to the portal, giving Bond and Law opportunities to start next spring. Alabama fans are excited to see if Bill O’Brien stays on for a third year as offensive coordinator. If not, it will be interesting to see who the program hires to develop the offensive talent.

Nick Saban has had studs at wide receivers since Julio Jones in 2008. Alabama has seen ten 1,000-yard receiving seasons since 2010. Bond and Law could become the first 1,000-yard duo for the Tide since Jameson Williams and John Metchie in 2021.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him. Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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