No. 4 seed Alabama begins Playoff practice later this week, a few days ahead of the Dec. 20 start of the Early Signing Period. Over half of Nick Saban's 2024 commitments will not only sign early but also participate in bowl practice, according to Brett Greenberg of On3 Sports. These players will of course also go through 2024 spring practive along with the Fourth Quarteer S/C program.

That list includes Julian Sayin QB, Jaylen Mbakwe CB, Casey Poe OL, Zabien Brown CB, Jameer Grimsley CB, Sterling Dixon EDGE, William Sanders IOL, Jeremiah Beaman DL, Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr. S, Rydarrius Morgan S, Isaia Faga DL, Caleb Odom TE, Justin Okoronkwo LB, Joseph Ionata IOL, Peyton Woodyard S and Also Cayden Jones LB.

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If you're keeping score at home, that's 16 new Tide players who will be on campus in the coming days to help the team prepare for Michigan. Last season, that numbe was six. While these players can practice, they cannot play against Michigan or, should Alabama beat the Wolverines, the Washington/Texas Sugar Bowl winner.

Some have asked about the availability to practice either now or in the spring for new class of '24 member Ryan Williams Jr. of Saraland. The dynamic wide receiver will not graduate high school until May, and will enroll at Alabama a few days after to start summer school, 7-on-7 workouts, and the strength and conditioning program in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Athletes With NIL Deals

The biggest evolution in college athletics history is here. Check out which current Alabama athletes hold NIL deals in this ever-expanding and changing photo gallery.

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