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Alabama DL Alfano enters name in transfer portal

Field Level Media

September 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm.

Alabama freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano, who went AWOL from practice this week after coach Nick Saban suspended him, has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, his parents confirmed Friday.

The Twitter account of Frankie and Hilda Alfano contained a series of statements Friday explaining their son’s absence from the Alabama program.

“Antonio’s grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support. He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices,” read one tweet.

From another tweet: “The University of Alabama has been extremely supportive and I couldn’t ask for better support from them. Yesterday, Antonio asked to be placed in the transfer portal to see what his options are.”

Alfano, from New Jersey, was suspended for an undisclosed reason for last Saturday’s game against New Mexico State and wasn’t on the sideline. He was allowed to practice during the suspension but missed at leaast three practices this week.

The 247Sports composite listed the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Alfano as the No. 5 player in the 2019 recruiting class and the No. 1 strongside defensive end. The Crimson Tide’s 2019 class was ranked No. 1 overall.

Saban did not disclose the reason for Alfano’s suspension. He said earlier this week that the top-ranked freshman had “kind of disappeared a little bit.”