May 25, 2024

Alabama adds former Penn State safety King Mack from transfer portal


Alabama entered the spring NCAA transfer portal window in need of help in the secondary. On Friday, it picked up a third defensive back in former Penn State safety King Mack.

The freshman was a four-star recruit coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He appeared in all 13 games last season, primarily on special teams. In 70 defensive snaps, he recorded three tackles and a pressure.

King checks in at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds.

Alabama already added former Wake Forest cornerback DaShawn Jones and former Charlotte defensive back Kam Howard this spring, helping to solidify a secondary that was hit hard by attrition coming out of last season.

The Tide lost both of its starting corners — Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry — to the NFL draft. Starting nickel back and Freshman All-American Caleb Downs transferred in the wake of Nick Saban’s retirement, along with role players like Trey Amos and Earl Little.

Coming out of spring practice, defensive backs Tony Mitchell and Peyton Woodyard also entered the transfer portal.

“It’s just about bringing in some guys that can help our program, help our team be better, give us some depth and with special teams,” coach Kalen DeBoer said on The Next Round last month. “You’d love to have some guys that can continue to come up through the program and develop.”

Even before the additions of Howard, Jones and Mack, Alabama’s depth chart in the secondary was littered with new faces.

Safety Keon Sabb, formerly of Michigan, and cornerback Domani Jackson, formerly of USC, are projected starters.

True freshmen Zabien Brown, Zay Mincey and Jaylen Mbakwe — all five-star prospects — enrolled early and are expected to push for playing time as well.

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