Kalen DeBoer was hired as the head coach of the University of Alabama less than 72 hours after former head coach Nick Saban retired. The night after the official announcement, DeBoer arrived in Tuscaloosa and met with the team.

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While many Alabama fans focused on the new head coach on the tarmac, another well-respected individual followed DeBoer off the plane from Seattle, Washington.

Courtney Morgan stepped off the plane the same night as Kalen DeBoer as the coach's first hire at Alabama. The University made the hiring official on Friday, announcing Morgan as the new general manager of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

DeBoer spoke highly of Morgan in a statement released by Alabama:

“Courtney is such an important part of our program,” DeBoer said. “He has great relationships across the country and is an essential part of helping us recruit and evaluate talent both at the high school level and in the transfer portal. Courtney is an important pillar in what we are trying to accomplish at Alabama, and I am very excited to be able to bring him to Tuscaloosa.”

Alabama's already seen the impact of Morgan in recruiting, with Alabama landing Michigan transfer Keon Sabb to bolster a young secondary. Morgan was a part of Michigan when Sabb committed to the Wolverines.

According to Alabama, "Morgan's role will be to manage the Crimson Tide’s roster while overseeing and directing the daily operations of both the personnel and recruiting departments. He will help organize the head coach's film evaluations and prospect communication while also organizing transfer portal evaluations. Morgan is also tasked with supervising internal brand management for Alabama football."

Morgan released a statement following the official announcement by the university:

“I love working for Coach DeBoer and I am looking forward to continuing the standard that Alabama football has set,” Morgan said. “Everyone on this staff has the same common goal, and we believe in Coach DeBoer’s process of what it takes to win. Trust and hard work are such an important part of success and I’m always ready to go to work and I completely trust Coach DeBoer’s approach to building a program.”

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