College football is king in Alabama, but the state will be getting a pro team next year.
Birmingham has been named as the home city for a team in the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football. The league is set to start play next February. Birmingham joins San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis and Salt Lake City as sites where teams will play and one more city will be announced to round out the eight-team league.
Per Al.com, the team will play home games at Legion Field for at least two years with plans in the works for a new stadium at some point in the future.
The first player the team selected this year was Georgia left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who falls short of the NFL’s practiced height minimum of 6’4 for bookends. There are exceptions to the rule, and Wynn, a former All-American, certainly played the part of a future NFL bookend against SEC competition, but it is unclear if he will play as a bookend or an interior player at this point.
He’s been to campus a number of times now but there were certain aspects of this trek that made it unique. Ugwu wanted to ensure he left with all the information he needed, considering his father, who accompanied him on the visit, had lots of catching up to do.
The visit was very informative, Ugwu told NJ.com. I drove down right after school with my dad and when I got there I received a warm welcome. They were finishing up a workout on the field. I got to spend time with the strength and conditioning coach (Kenny Parker) and also the academic director, and I learned a lot of things from them.
I then had a very long and informative meeting with Coach Ash in his office. Coach Niemann and Coach Blazek were there, too. I was told that I was their No. 1 prospect on their board, and they really want me at Rutgers. I also sat down with Coach Niemann individually just to see my fit at Rutgers and in the defense.
Although a decision could come as early as August, it could spill into the fall, as Ugwu isn’t locked into a specific timeframe. But he would like to wrap things up prior to the 2018 season if he can.