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Alabama DE Alfano off roster, in transfer portal

Field Level Media

October 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm.

After more than a month away from the Crimson Tide, Alabama defensive end Antonio Alfano officially has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

A freshman, he was a five-star recruit from New Jersey in the Class of 2019. He is no longer listed on the official team roster.

He was the No. 5-ranked player in the nation in his class, according to the 247Sports composite.

Alfano hadn’t practiced with the team since Sept. 3 and was suspended for Alabama’s 62-10 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 7. The reason for his suspension was not disclosed.

Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed the situation on Sept. 19.

“I just know that the guy basically quit. He quit going to class, he quit coming here (football complex),” the coach said. “We tried to encourage him, we tried to help him. We set up counseling sessions with him to help him every way we could, and all those things are still available to him if he wants them. But he didn’t respond to any of the things. So until he responds, you have to assume the guy quit.”

Back on Sept. 13, Alfano’s father, Frankie, said his son would enter the transfer portal. That didn’t occur until Wednesday.