Losing superb talent to the NFL is a tradition Alabama has adapted to rather quickly, and it helps to replace 5-star talent with 4- and 5-star recruits.
Still, replacing safety Mark Barron is a daunting task. In fact, you don’t really replace a player like Barron—who was not only a phenomenal talent but also a leader for that defense—at least not right away.
One of the names that is expected to compete for his safety spot and has to be considered the likely favorite for the job after his fantastic spring is sophomore (or soon-to-be sophomore) Vinnie Sunseri. Unlike some of the players he’s battling for the position, Sunseri was not a 5-star recruit.
In fact, Sunseri was actually recruited as a linebacker and switched over to safety when he arrived in Alabama. Last year, he played a bit of defensive back, but he was also an absolute monster on special teams—where he racked up a lot of tackles.
After his interception and fumble return for a touchdown in Alabama’s spring game, he created quite a buzz, and fans are excited. Hey, they absolutely should be, but let’s just pump the breaks on the comparisons to Mark Barron for now.
Sunseri should be one hell of a player—he’ll make an impact immediately (already has, really)—but he’s a different player that will likely develop at a different pace.
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