Five-star Ryan Williams decommits from Bama following Saban news


The state’s reigning Mr. Football had of course planned on playing for Saban in college, even commenting on the matter last summer in front of several reporters.

“We’ve talked about that, of course,” Williams said on June 23, 2022, referencing Saban retiring. “He said he’s gonna be coaching until he croaks over…so he’s got some time.”

Williams, who reclassified from the class of 2025 up to 2024, plans on signing a National Letter of Intent on his 17th birthday, Feb. 9. National Signing Day is two days prior, but prospects can ink with future programs beyond that point. The senior had previously set up three official visits ahead of the final decision, to Alabama the weekend of Jan. 20, Texas the weekend of Jan. 27 and to Auburn the weekend of Jan. 3.

Alabama underwent several coaching changes since the end of the 2023 season, yet on Jan. 3 after wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins left for Texas A&M, Williams said he was still on board with UA. The rationale to stay on board one week ago came via Saban and other coaches’ reassurance.

“I’m just waiting to see who we (Alabama) get next,” he said after the Under Armour All-America Game. “I’ve got to build a fast relationship with him before my signing day. But I’ve been talking to coach (Tommy) Rees, coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) and Saban.”

Williams now sits as the nation’s top uncommitted recruit in the class of 2024.

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