Texas Lands Alabama Transfer Isaiah Bond Following Nick Saban’s Retirement

AUSTIN, Texas – Isaiah Bond, the transfer wide receiver from Alabama, has made the decision to commit to the Texas Longhorns. Bond referred to his choice as a “business decision” following the retirement of Nick Saban. In a recent phone interview with ESPN, Bond stated, “Just like the business world, you make the best decision for your company. My company right now is my draft stock. I feel like I’m putting myself in a position to increase that and have better draft stock.”

Bond, who recently completed his sophomore year, visited Texas over the weekend and committed to the coaching staff during his visit. He became the first Alabama player to enter the NCAA transfer portal after Saban’s retirement. Bond will now play under the leadership of former Alabama offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, who led Texas to the College Football Playoff in his third season in Austin.

Bond explained that his decision to leave Alabama was directly influenced by Saban’s retirement. Initially, he had committed to staying another year but changed his mind after Saban’s sudden departure. When asked if he received outreach from new Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer, Bond revealed that he did receive a message but did not respond. He cited his strong connection with Sarkisian, who recruited him hard to Texas while he was still in high school.

As he joins the Texas Longhorns, Bond is optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. He expressed enthusiasm about playing alongside Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers. Bond described Ewers as a “great big-time pocket passer quarterback” and stated, “It’s going to be a good duo.”

Bond’s decision to transfer to Texas provides him with a chance to showcase his skills in a wide-open offense that heavily relies on the passing game. The move also positions him among the top group of wide receivers for the upcoming NFL draft. Bond, standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing 182 pounds, will enter the 2024 season as a true junior.

In addition to Bond, Texas has added former Houston wide receiver Matthew Golden to its transfer class. Golden, who had 13 touchdown catches in two seasons for the Cougars, brings valuable experience to the team. The Longhorns have also expressed interest in acquiring Oregon State transfer Silas Bolden.

With the departure of several key players to the NFL, including Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington, Bond’s presence will be critical for Texas in the upcoming season. The team also boasts an experienced offensive line, led by the rising junior left tackle Kelvin Banks.

Bond’s decision to commit to Texas serves as a strategic move to further his career in football. He emphasized that it was a business decision and holds no personal animosity. Bond stated, “I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family.”