Alabama football lands Finnish star Olaus Alinen’s commitment

Alabama football gets its second four-star class of 2023 offensive tackle engagement.

Olaus Alinen, the nation’s No. 122 rookie according to the 247Sports Composite, has pledged to Alabama on Miami, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon on Friday.

“Let’s get to work. Let’s win some more championships and keep the dynasty going,” Alilen said on CBS Sports HQ. “Tide rolls.”

Alinen is a Finland native who moved to Connecticut ahead of his junior season, according to 247Sports. The Loomis Chaffee School star’s father, Klaus Alinen, played in NFL Europe.

Alilen, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, joins Wilkin Formby, a native of Northridge and Tuscaloosa, as the offensive front line. He is the 14th hired and should bring Alabama into the top 10 of the scouts’ rankings.

Alilen made official visits to the five finalists in June, and Alabama was the second trip. He is the No. 14 offensive tackle in the nation.

Alinen cited Crimson Tide’s history of player development as part of his reason for choosing the team.

“Alabama’s program is the most proven there,” Alilen said. “It was my dream school when I started following college football.”

New Alabama offensive line coach Eric Wolford was the main scout. Nick Saban praised the coach’s efforts several times during SEC Media Days on Tuesday.

Jerell Rushin is a recruiting reporter for Tuscaloosa News and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @JerellRushin_.

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