Nick Saban knows a talented recruit when he sees one, and it helps when it comes through a former player. That was the case this weekend when Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr., the son of the NFL cornerback and former Alabama star Dre Kirkpatrick Sr., visited with Saban at Alabama.

Kirkpatrick, Jr. is a 2024 athlete prospect from Gadsden City High School, where his father was recruited as a 5-star cornerback in 2009. In high school, Kirkpatrick, Jr. plays defensive back and running back and is 6 feet and 175 pounds.

Dre Kirkpatrick, Sr., played for the Alabama Crimson Tide as a cornerback from 2009-2011, and was on two national championship teams. He was drafted 17th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played for eight seasons before moving to Arizona for the 2020 season. He’s currently a free agent but still has interest from NFL clubs, having visited the New Orleans Saints earlier this month and the New England Patriots in May, Tide 100.9 reported.

This legacy story should be an interesting one as this appears to be one of the first recruits to make it a family affair of Saban’s former players from Alabama.