Why Henry To'o To'o, Jameson Williams transferred to Alabama football from Tennessee, Ohio State

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football linebacker Henry To'o To'o didn't have to think long before answering why he transferred to the Crimson Tide. 

In fact, the answer was simple: Coach Nick Saban

"Who doesn't want to play for Coach Saban?" To'o To'o said while speaking to local reporters for the first time Tuesday. "And the culture. The guys around here, how they are so eager to win. It's just a blessing for me to be here." 

To'o To'o was one of the top transfers available in the portal this past offseason. He had 76 tackles in his sophomore season at Tennessee. 

Jameson Williams, an Ohio State receiver, was another top player in the transfer portal. Alabama added him as well. 

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Williams also spoke to local reporters for the first time Tuesday, and said Alabama was his second choice coming out of high school behind the Buckeyes.  

"Things didn’t work out well with me so I ended up in the transfer portal and you see what happened: I just ended up at Alabama playing for Coach Saban," Williams said. "At the end of the day, they say good things always come back.”

To'o To'o also had Alabama high on his list coming out of high school, but he chose the Volunteers instead. He said Alabama was in his top three. 

"Built relationships here," To'o To'o said, "and honestly, when I got in the transfer portal, kind of just picked up where we left off when I was in high school." 

The decision has already paid off for each player and Alabama. To'o To'o started the opener at Mike linebacker, leading the defense, and Williams started at receiver. 

Each contributed to the win, too. To'o To'o finished second on the team with seven total tackles. To'o To'o had to leave the game after falling hard on his arm in the second half, which led to an elbow injury, but he said Tuesday it was just a sprain and "nothing too serious."

Meanwhile, Williams caught four passes for 126 yards and a touchdown against Miami. 

And that touchdown was hard to miss. Williams' turned on the jets and ran 94 yards for the score. 

“I feel it was a real good play by Bryce (Young) — standing up in the pocket, still getting the ball out," Williams said. "Got in my hands and the rest was … you know.”

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