You may have heard that another highly-rated defensive back just left the Alabama program.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Kendall Sheffield is transferring from Alabama.
Sheffield, a five-star prospect in the class of 2015, became a topic of conversation early in the week after he did not attend Crimson Tide practices Monday and Tuesday.
A Sheffield family member told ESPN that Sheffield was informed on Wednesday by Alabama football coach Nick Saban that he would receive his release from the school. The release has the stipulation that Sheffield cannot transfer to another SEC school.
Sheffield, the nation’s No. 3-ranked cornerback in 2015, has returned to his family home in the Houston area. He was running second team at cornerback prior to his decision to transfer.
Naturally, this has generated a great deal of introspection amongst the Tide faithful about what Saban might have done to lead to the rash of departures… okay, I keed, I keed. Over at Roll Bama Roll, the lede is “Another CB prospect from Texas sulks over the depth chart.”
Meanwhile, Michael Casagrande has a piece that claims to make sense about the kids leaving the program. And surprise — it’s not you, Nick, it’s those damned youngsters.
What’s behind that? Each transfer is unique while still fitting into a shifting culture among athletes one year after leaving high school. Barton Simmons, the director of scouting at 247Sports, said the proliferation of transfers among players while in high school is a factor.
“It becomes much more less taboo, much more of a standard operating procedure,” Simmons said. “I think that’s been a steady evolution towards this. But I think that’s just a challenge that a school like Alabama has to face on an annual basis due to the fact that they recruit at such a high level.”
Yeah, cry me a river… except Saban’s been recruiting at the same high level for years, but it’s 2016 that’s off the chart in the departures department, as even Casagrande acknowledges:
A total of 26 Alabama signees from the classes of 2010-16 have transferred before exhausting their eligibility. The 2015 class’s five departures already equals the 2013 group’s total three years later.[Emphasis added.]
The funny thing here is the dog that’s not barking. Nobody’s mentioned the change at defensive coordinator. Think Jeremy Pruitt might have had an effect here? If you’re not sure, you might want to check out Georgia’s 2013 recruiting class, peeps. The man has a way with kids he didn’t recruit. He’ll also do just fine with the kids he does pull in. It was, um… gratifying to watch him work the recruiting trail hard while he was in Athens.