According to a report, Alabama has lost another defensive back. Touchdown Alabama Magazine reported Tuesday that Kendall Sheffield, a five-star recruit in the Crimson Tide’s top-ranked Class of 2015, has left school.
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A redshirt freshman, Sheffield reportedly missed both of Alabama’s practices Monday. The magazine cited a source that Sheffield had left Tuscaloosa Saturday night.
Sheffield, a 6-foot, 188-pounder from Missouri City, Texas, appeared to be the prime candidate to take over for Maurice Smith as Alabama’s nickel back. Smith is now at Georgia as a graduate transfer after receiving a waiver from the Southeastern Conference. If Sheffield is indeed transferring, Minkah Fitzpatrick would appear to be the most likely candidate to take over as the Crimson Tide’s nickel back.
If Sheffield does indeed transfer, he will be the sixth player to leave the defending national champions this off-season.
Less than a week ago, Sheffield was working as a first-team cornerback and appeared to be more comfortable with the Alabama defensive scheme.
“Kendall Sheffield, I think we just keep trying to work reps, reps, reps so that he can play his position with a little more naturally instinctive reactions,” coach Nick Saban said last week. “He certainly has a lot of ability, and we’re certainly trying to bring it out of him in every way we can. Right now it’s a work in progress and he is making progress.”