Defensive back Kendall Sheffield could be on his way out the door at Alabama.
On Tuesday, there were reports that stated Sheffield has already decided and will transfer, but as Graham Watson of Yahoo! Sports points out, head coach Nick Saban has yet to confirm.
Here’s what he had to say on Tuesday, per TideSports.com:
“Kendall Sheffield has not been here for the last couple of days,” Saban said. “I don’t really know what his status is so there’s no need to ask me. We’re happy to have him back. He’s a fine young man. He’s worked hard, he’s made a lot of improvement here.
“We enjoy having him be a part of the team if that’s what he chooses and continue to work with him in a positive way to help him develop academically and athletically.”
Scheffield has been missing practice, and it’s worth noting that Saban hasn’t put a cut-off on when the Crimson Tide would allow the former five-star back to the team. The Touchdown Alabama report stated that Sheffield had left Alabama this past Saturday.
Of course, nothing is final until it’s final, and in this case that means that nothing is final until either Sheffield or Saban publicly and officially announce the transfer.
The fact that the corner is noticeably missing from practice, though, coupled with the transfer report, would lead any reasonable fact-finder to connect the dots and assume that the aforementioned announcement is on its way. It feels like just a matter of time, though anything can and will happen in college football.
Let’s speculate and assume that Sheffield will leave the Crimson Tide.
He’ll arguably become the biggest and most important transfer on the “open market.” He’ll have to go the JUCO route or sit out a year, but when he does end up somewhere, Sheffield has the potential to be a game-changer.
Currently a redshirt freshman, Sheffield sat out last season due to the redshirt tag, reportedly earning the respect of his teammates last season in practice, per
He’s 6-foot, 185 pounds. He hails from Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Marshall). According to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, Sheffield was the No. 4 cornerback in the 2015 class, the No. 3 recruit from the state of Texas, and the No. 20 player in the United States. He was the definition of a five-star, and he had 34 offers to his name to prove it. Of course, the Alabama offer is always a big one, but Florida State, USC, Ohio State, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin all wanted a chance to land his commitment, among many others.
Sheffield literally had his pick of any elite football school in the nation, and the interesting thing is that once again, he’ll be a highly-sought target.
If he does leave Alabama, some question marks will surround his departure. He will suffer a lost year of eligibility. Without a doubt, though, the former five-star will be one of the biggest pickups on the transfer market once he does find his next Division I home.
Of course, that’s assuming he really does transfer. Stay tuned.