Geno VanDeMark Commits to Alabama, Bolstering Offensive Line Depth

Geno VanDeMark, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman from Michigan State, has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide via the transfer portal. VanDeMark's addition provides valuable depth and experience to Alabama's interior offensive line for the upcoming 2024 season.

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Geno VanDeMark Commits to Alabama, Bolstering Offensive Line Depth

Geno VanDeMark Commits to Alabama, Bolstering Offensive Line Depth

Geno VanDeMark, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman from Michigan State, has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide via the transfer portal. VanDeMark's addition provides valuable depth and experience to Alabama's interior offensive line for the upcoming 2024 season.

VanDeMark, a redshirt junior, started six games at right guard for Michigan State in 2023 and played in 18 games over the past two seasons. He was a three-star prospect in the class of 2021, ranked as the No. 29 interior offensive lineman by 247Sports. VanDeMark's familiarity with Alabama offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic, who recruited and coached him at Michigan State, played a significant role in his decision.

Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer had previously identified the offensive line as an area of need, stating, "Offensive line, we're probably a guy short." VanDeMark's commitment addresses this concern, as he is expected to slot in as a key depth piece behind projected starters Tyler Booker and Jaeden Roberts.

The Crimson Tide's offensive line has undergone changes this offseason, with the departures of JC Latham to the NFL and Seth McLaughlin to Ohio State via the transfer portal. VanDeMark becomes the second offensive lineman to join Alabama through the transfer portal this spring, alongside Kadyn Proctor, who rejoined the team from Iowa.

VanDeMark's commitment marks the second transfer portal addition for Alabama in as many days, following the commitment of former Penn State defensive back King Mack. The Crimson Tide has now added six players during the spring transfer window, including VanDeMark, Proctor, Kameron Howard, DaShawn Jones, Mack, and Graham Nicholson.

Coach DeBoer confirmed that center Parker Brailsford will return to the team in June, solidifying the starting offensive line alongside Booker, Roberts, Proctor, and Elijah Pritchett. VanDeMark's presence provides an experienced option for the second unit and could also serve as an emergency option at center due to attrition at the position.

With VanDeMark's commitment, Alabama has now added 14 players via the transfer portal, a class ranked No. 3 nationally according to 247Sports. The combined class, including the 2024 high school recruits, brings Alabama's total additions to 42 commits, ranking second nationally. VanDeMark's experience and versatility strengthen an already talented offensive line group as the Crimson Tide prepare for the 2024 season.

Key Takeaways

  • Geno VanDeMark, a 6'5" OL from Michigan State, commits to Alabama via transfer portal.
  • VanDeMark brings valuable experience, starting 6 games at RG for MSU in 2023.
  • He addresses Alabama's need for OL depth, expected to slot in behind Tyler Booker and Jaeden Roberts.
  • VanDeMark is the 2nd OL to join Alabama via transfer portal, alongside Kadyn Proctor.
  • Alabama's 2024 transfer class ranks No. 3 nationally, with 14 players added via portal.