Nick Saban is spicing up his 2023 recruitment cycle by recruiting Finland’s Olaus Alinen. The offensive tackle chose Alabama over Miami, Oregon, Georgia and Ohio State.
After receiving an offer in November, Alinen went on an official trip a month before making her collegiate decision. Miami had the OT at the top of their watch list but lost the prospect, which hasn’t been the norm for them. Bama finally overtakes Miami in a recruiting race.
Offensive line coach Eric Wolford deserves credit for bringing in Alinen. Three recruits from the O line joined Bama.
“Being a Finnish kid, that’s kind of the highest level you can get in college football. It’s hard to pass up such a big and successful opportunity. It was just something I didn’t couldn’t let go when I had the chance.
A glimpse of Olaus Alinen
Alilen’s father, Klaus Alilen, spent a year with the Atlanta Falcons, but mostly played in the European NFL league. The OT prospect played all sorts of sports growing up, including hockey and soccer before focusing solely on soccer as a teenager.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound eldest moved to the United States and attends Loomis Chaffee High School in Windsor, CT. Alinen exhibits an excellent combination of athleticism, flexibility, and strength, making him the best player in the state of Connecticut.
In ESPN’s Class of 2023 Top 300, the OT sits at No. 125 and ranks 15th in its position. The four-star athlete earned a 84 scout rank.
With Alisen’s promise, Alabama adds its 14th rookie. Saban’s program has totaled two five-star, nine four-star and two three-star athletes.
The crimson tide jumped at #8 on the 247Sports National Recruitment List.