Caleb Downs reportedly reaches decision on Alabama future, transfer portal
Caleb Downs is one of the most-watched players at Alabama following the coaching change from Nick Saban to Kalen DeBoer.
The freshman All-America has reportedly decided on his future, and is starting the process to enter the transfer portal, ESPN’s Pete Thamel shared. The safety was also named SEC Freshman Player of the Year, and Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year.
Downs made 107 stops, which were the most by a Tide freshman in the last 50-plus years, according to Alabama. Downs also picked off 2 passes and broke up another 4 passes. He also had a punt return for a touchdown.
He will have 3 years of eligibility remaining, as he’s one of the best players to enter the transfer portal this cycle.
Downs was the No. 1 overall player in the state of Georgia for the 2023 recruiting cycle after leading Mill Creek High School, suburban Atlanta, to a state championship. Downs committed to Alabama over Ohio State and Georgia.
Source: Alabama freshman All-American safety Caleb Downs is starting the process of entering the NCAA transfer portal. He was one of the country’s top freshman in 2023 and looms as a high pick in the 2026 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/u7Fe9bLxSD
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 17, 2024
New Georgia assistant Travaris Robinson was recently brought over from Alabama to be the safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator. Robinson helped recruit Downs to Alabama out of high school.