Kaidin Proctor transfers to Iowa: Former Alabama star heading home after freshman OL Nick Saban’s retirement

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Iowa’s struggling offense got a big commitment on Saturday when former Alabama offensive lineman Kaedin Proctor announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes. Proctor started at left tackle as a freshman for the Crimson Tide in 2023, earning a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team as Alabama won the SEC Championship and reached the College Football Playoff.

An Iowa native, Proctor originally committed to the Hawkeyes out of high school before transferring to Alabama just before the early signing period began in December 2022. Proctor was ranked the No. 5 overall player, No. 1 offensive tackle in the class of 2023. And the No. 1 player from the state of Iowa. Their loss was a bitter farewell for the Hawkeyes at the time.

Proctor will now have three seasons for his home-state team as Iowa attempts to chart a new path offensively following the firing of coordinator Brian Ferentz. The Hawkeyes have not named Ferentz’s replacement, but whoever ends up in the role will have an extremely talented left tackle to rely on in Proctor.

Between the arrival of Proctor and the return of several players with starting experience, the offensive line play has a chance to become a strength for the Hawkeyes in 2024. According to 247Sports, Proctor ranks as the No. 2 transfer player of the 2024 cycle. Only former Alabama teammate Caleb Downs is ranked higher. Downs is also transferring to the Big Ten, as will the star safety head to ohio state For his sophomore season.

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