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Alabama Reportedly Interviewed Patrick Surtain For Defensive Backs Coach

A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama reportedly interviewed former NFL star Patrick Surtain last week.

According to a report from, Alabama interviewed former NFL defensive back Patrick Surtain for the defensive backs coach position on its staff. Surtain ultimately didn't get the job - it instead went to Karl Scott.

Surtain was reportedly one of four candidates for the role. Surtain's son, Patrick Surtain Jr., is a five-star recruit who is considered one of the best defensive prospects in the nation. Surtain Jr. currently has offers from 32 schools, and he's reportedly strongly considering both LSU and Alabama.

Surtain reportedly told Alabama head coach Nick Saban that his fate after interviewing would not factor into his son's recruitment.

“That was the first thing I mentioned to Coach Saban,” the older Surtain said. “I told him I didn’t want it contingent on where Pat [Surtain Jr.] comes there or not. That wouldn’t be fair to him. [Saban] assured me that it wasn’t. He interviewed me because he thought I’d be a great defensive backs coach.”

Surtain is currently a high school head coach in Plantation, Florida. This past year, his team won the Class 5A state title.

Surtain Jr. is a five-star cornerback recruit for the class of 2018. At the moment, he has offers from LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, NC State, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, UCF, USC, USF, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Many will want to criticize Saban and the Tide for interviewing the father of a currently-undecided five-star player here. But at the end of the day, Alabama didn't hire Surtain.

We'll keep you updated on Surtain Jr.'s. recruitment.