The recruitment of Ale Kaho definitely differs from the rest of his Alabama teammates. After decommitting from BYU, the top 2018 middle linebacker signed with Washington last December only to leave Seattle after preseason practices began.
That’s how he found himself warming up before Alabama’s first scrimmage Aug. 11 on his first day in a Crimson Tide jersey.
Standing a celebratory Alabama locker room following the SEC title game win over Georgia, Kaho declined to address the specifics that led to his transfer from Washington to Tuscaloosa.
“I definitely thought about it a lot, but I don’t regret it,” Kaho said in his first availability to reporters of the season. “I do believe everything happens for a reason and I can’t take anything back. I’m just enjoying this moment right now.”
It’s been a mostly developmental season for the five-star recruit ranked No. 21 overall by 247Sports. Of his 10 tackles this season, eight have come on special teams as one of the more active members of the kickoff coverage team.
Kaho also recovered a fumble in punt coverage in the win over Mississippi State to set up a touchdown. He was twice named one of Alabama’s special teams players of the week.
Before any of that, Kaho recalled the moment he stepped into Bryant-Denny Stadium for his first practice in early August.
“I had the butterflies and I was nervous at the same time,” Kaho said. “I just had to keep my confidence and the older guys in my position, like Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses and Josh McMillan, they all took me in, so it made me feel a lot more comfortable after the first two practices. And it just went from there.”
Alabama was relatively thin at middle linebacker entering the season, though Wilson and Moses played most of the meaningful snaps.
Kaho was cool with that.
“Just looking at the two guys standing in front of me,” Kaho said, “I’m learning from them and I think that’s just what I want to do right now, just learn from them and when it’s my time, then it’s my time.”
Coming from Reno, Nevada, Kaho admitted there were some adjustments to life in Tuscaloosa. The people were a little different, so were the accents.
“Being away from where I’m from was a little hard,” he said, “but it’s definitely worth it now.”