SEC football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Aggies get better?

Texas A&M football made a couple of key additions in the spring portal; where are they in the SEC pecking order?
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of the SEC Championship logo on the field before the
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of the SEC Championship logo on the field before the / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Post-SEC Spring Power Rankings: #2 - Alabama Crimson Tide

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Nick Saban or not, it’s hard to not have some solid confidence in the Tide after everything they’ve accomplished over the last decade and a half. And despite the rush to the portal they experienced after Saban’s retirement, the Tide still boast one of the most talented rosters in America.

QB Jalen Milroe returns to lead an offensive unit now down its top two targets in Isaiah Bond (transferred to Texas) and Jermaine Burton. Backups Ja’Corey Brooks and on-and-off TE Amari Niblack have also departed. Kobe Prentice is the main target returning with any experience. A spring injury to Jalen Hale was devastating for the wideout outlook moving forward.

It is the defense that should be the more formidable unit for the Tide in 2024. Yes, they lose both Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry—and I do indeed think that will be an issue for them moving forward this year—but I am high on the hire of Kane Wommack to coordinate the defense. Domani Jackson and Keon Sabb could be a boon in the secondary for the former South Alabama HC.

And of course, as always, the defensive front for the Tide will be ferocious. Jihaad Campbell is poised for a breakout, Deontae Lawson has already proven himself, Texas A&M football transfer LT Overton is looking to start fresh, the list goes on.

Bama has only picked up one big name in the spring window; that being Kadyn Proctor… who, of course, just transferred away from the Tide in the winter. Go figure! Still, locking down that offensive tackle spot in this manner is nothing to sneeze at.

Bama doesn’t have an extremely tough draw as far as their schedule goes this fall—though trips to Neyland and Tiger Stadium won’t be easy. Their September 28 matchup with UGA will be one of the premier games in the sport this fall. It’s imperative for the Tide to make a strong impression in DeBoer’s first year if they want to continue the excellence they’ve had in years past.