(Cue the “Nick Saban performing his annual pruning-of-the-roster” one-liners in three… two… one…)
For the fourth — or maybe fifth — time this offseason, a 2010 member of the Alabama football team has decided to ply his football wares elsewhere.
According to the Birmingham News, running back Corey Grant has left the Tide program and will transfer to an unknown destination.
“I don’t know where he’s going, but he’s not going back to Alabama,” Brian Blackmon, Grant’s high school coach, told the paper. “I don’t think he’s made up his mind.”
Suffice to say, the presence of starter and Heisman candidate Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, Jalston Fowler and 2011 five-star signee Dee Hart — the No. 1 RB in the nation according to Rivals.com — played at least a minor role in Grant’s decision.
As a member of Saban’s 2010 recruiting class, Grant was given a four-star rating by Rivals.com and was the No. 5 all-purpose back in the country according to the recruiting service. After redshirting last season, Grant played in UA’s spring game, totaling 12 yards on three carries.
The Opelika, Al., native had received offers from, among others, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Stanford and Oklahoma before verbally committing to the Tide in July of 2009.
In addition to Grant, running back Demetrius Goode, linebacker Petey Smith and defensive back B.J. Scott have transferred out of the program in the past couple of months. Additionally, suspended defensive lineman Brandon Moore has been rumored to be considering a move to the JUCO level.
As an aside, and apropos of nothing, make Letters of Intent four-year commitments on both ends, and not one-year, renewable deals on the school’s end. That’s all. Carry on…