Nick Saban digs into Danny Lewis, Brian Kelly’s dance moves

Wednesday was a quiet day for Alabama, which signed a player on what was essentially a national holiday – National Signing Day. The tame nature is due to the early signing period in mid-December, where the Crimson Tide secured the bulk of its 2022 class.

However, on Wednesday, Alabama landed 3-star tight end Danny Lewis from New Iberia, Louisiana.

With Jahleel Billingsley moving to Texas and Major Tennison exhausting his eligibility, the Crimson Tide found themselves with three tight ends on their 2021 squad — and four if you include Kendall Randolph, an offensive lineman who served as a pseudo- tight end the last two seasons – with a pair of newcomers who signed two months ago in Amari Niblack and Elijah Brown.

With that in mind, Nick Saban and company looked for a third tight end and found Lewis.

“We have 13 guys who are here mid-year, one of them is a tight end (Brown),” Saban said. “We have another guy that we list as an athlete who is probably a tight end (Niblack). We really looked for guys in this class who had really good senior years who were maybe developing a little late. And we were really excited about Danny, and we’re glad to have him.

“I think the tight end is one of the positions we need, so to be able to have three players in that class who have a chance to develop and maybe contribute is probably very positive for us. And we love all three guys.

Lewis, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound incoming freshman, was Louisiana’s No. 30 player, No. 31 tight end and No. 611 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. .

“I really like Danny,” Saban said. “He has a great family. The people of South Louisiana are great people. He was very successful as a basketball player and was very productive this year as a football player. So he has a nice size. I think he runs well. It’s a good blocker.

“Tight end is a position it was in when Ozzie Newsome was playing tight end, you just lined up close to the tackle, put your hand in the dirt and that’s what a tight end did. Now a tight end does that, he plays the wide receiver and he also plays the H-back of the ball, which now looks more like a fullback. So it’s very hard to find guys who can do all of these things.

“I think Danny has a chance to be a guy who can do those things. But most importantly, I think he’s big enough to be an inline blocker. Cam Latu is a guy who’s developed well in this position for us and who can do these things, but we definitely need someone young in our program who can also do all these things.

Alabama clinched a commitment and signing from Lewis on Wednesday afternoon, beating Florida and the Home State LSU Tigers. For those who may not know Lewis, he was the rookie of viral video of LSU head coach Brian Kelly dancing during his last visit.

Saban was actually asked if he had seen Kelly’s video and provided a comedic response.

“I haven’t seen the video, but I also like to dance,” Saban said. “I like line dancing, doing the Cupid Shuffle or whatever they call it, all that stuff. I usually do this at home on our Saturday night recruiting parties. Some of them end up on YouTube. But everyone has their own way of doing what they do, whether it’s recruiting or how they run their program, and there are a lot of different ways to skin a cat. It’s not for me to judge anyone on what they do.

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