Michigan football transfer Keon Sabb ends up at Alabama

Former Michigan football defender Keon Sabb committed to Alabama on Monday, which was predictable dating back to last Friday.
Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages

Even though there were 18 college football programs that reached out to former Michigan football defensive back Keon Sabb, it was apparent where he was going to go as early as last Friday.

Looking back at when Michigan football landed Sabb, a big reason for it was former Wolverines staffer Courtney Morgan and Morgan is now the general manager at Alabama under Kalen DeBoer.

Morgan followed DeBoer to Washington after one season with the Wolverines. He was a key part of the 2022 recruiting class and when Sabb entered the portal last week, it was pretty easy to connect the dots.

You can bet that Alabama tampered with Sabb. There's no way he communicated with 18 schools and properly weighed a decision -- without even taking visits I might add -- then made a commitment.

More likely, Sabb knew where he was going the minute he entered the transfer portal. It's frustrating but it is what it is, especially when the NCAA refuses to enforce its own rules.

Teams shouldn't have to worry about their players getting poached with offers of playing time and NIL. But that's what's happening and until the NCAA does something or the Power-4 conferences break off and create their own governing body, this won't change.

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The good news for Michigan football fans is that Sabb, while a talented player, wasn't a full-time starter. He only played six snaps in the Rose Bowl. He would have been a contributor no doubt, but if Sabb is the most talented players the Wolverines lose, they'll be just fine going into 2024.