Alabama is trying to find a way to keep its talent on campus after its latest recruiting class left the state without much recruiting experience.
The Crimson Tide announced Friday it has hired Tom Bihl, a former Florida defensive coordinator, to be its recruiting coordinator.
Bihl replaces Matt McClain, who left the school last year to take the Florida job.
Bylh previously worked as a recruiting assistant at Alabama from 2015 to 2018.
He has spent time with Alabama’s staff, and the school is trying again to get more recruits to come to the state, which is trying a new approach to recruiting, with its latest class of 2021.
Alabama has recruited well and won national championships, but the class was short on experience.
There were only nine players in the class of 2020.
Buhl said the job is a great opportunity for a coach, who has coached at a number of levels and will help recruit and develop high-level players, and that it is a “great opportunity for me as a coach.”
“I’ve been coaching for 17 years now, so I know what it takes to get the best players and the best coaches,” he said.
“It is an honor to be able to bring this talent to the program and to be a part of a great team.”
Buhle said he wants to help Alabama improve the way it recruits and develop talent, which has been one of the main areas of concern for the program.
He said the program’s recruiting strategy will be about getting better at getting the best recruits, with the goal of “going after guys with the best chance to win and make the most of their potential.”
“We’re going to try to do everything we can to recruit the best people, and we’ve got some good players that have come in and done that,” he told reporters Friday.
“We want to be the best.
I want to do the best job that I can.”
Alabama has won four national championships in a row, including two in a span of nine years.
The program is also one of just four programs in the country that have won four consecutive SEC championships.
The 247Sports Composite currently ranks Alabama No. 4 in the nation.
It has a 247Sports ranking of No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.