TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — He’s only been on campus since May, but freshman offensive lineman Jedrick Wills is making a push for the starting right tackle spot for Alabama football.
Wills is competing with redshirt sophomore Matt Womack, who has worked with the first offensive line group since the spring.
“Jedrick has really done a good job for us. He’s very athletic, he’s physical,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday. “I think he’s going to be a really good player. I think he’s in competition with Matt at right tackle. It’ll be interesting to see how he progresses this week, and if he does get an opportunity in the game, I’m sure we’ll watch closely to see how he responds when he gets in a competitive situation being a freshman.
“But we’re really pleased with his progress and very encouraged by what his development could bring our team.”
Based on Saban’s comments, look for Wills to at least get some playing time in the opener against Florida State on Sept. 2.
Wills has been working at right tackle with the second offensive line group, but has also seen reps with the starters.
Along with Saban, Wills has impressed some of his older teammates. Alabama left guard Ross Pierschbacher called Wills a “guy with huge potential.”
“Even if he’s not taking the right footwork, he’ll still blow a guy off the ball,” Pierschbacher said. “It’s stuff you can’t teach that he has. He’s got a very bright future and a guy like him being a young freshman who didn’t even come early, just trying to work with him and have him learn as much as soon as possible.”
Wills, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman, was tabbed as a 5-star offensive tackle by Rivals.com and the top player in the state of Kentucky by all majoring recruiting services.
Wills was the only player from Kentucky selected to the Under Armour All-American game. He joins Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris as two highly rated players to leave their home state of Kentucky for Alabama. Wills picked Alabama over Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame and Tennessee.
Cam Robinson (2014) and Jonah Williams (2016) are the only two freshmen who have started at offensive tackle during Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings often faces Wills in practice.
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