Alabama Crimson Tide: Kerry Stevenson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama filled two support staff vacancies Thursday when it announced the hirings of former Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as director of player personnel and former Vigor (Ala.) High coach Kerry Stevenson as director of player development.

[+] EnlargeKevin Steele
Jeremy Brevard/Icon SMIAfter serving as defensive coordinator at Clemson for three years, Kevin Steele returns to Alabama.
For Steele, it was a welcome home after having spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator under head coach Nick Saban. He most recently held the same position at Clemson.

Steele, 54, will be responsible for directing Alabama's recruiting efforts and will assist in other football-related activities. Clemson finished 19th in the ESPN class rankings in 2010 and eighth in 2011. He was fired by Clemson following the 2011 season after the Tigers gave up 70 points to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. He did not coach in 2012.

“We are excited to have Kevin back on our staff,” Saban said in a statement. “He did an excellent job here previously, and he knows our program from a recruiting standpoint as well as anyone. His organizational skills and people skills make him a perfect fit for this role. As recruiting in college football has evolved through the years, this position is one of the most important on our staff.”

Steele said in a statement released through the University that he's looking forward to the challenges of the position.

(Read full post)


Scout's Take: Atlanta Opening Regional
National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to discuss top performers from the Nike's The Opening regional camp in Atlanta.