Away from the Alabama football team since late February, Marvin Shinn ultimately didn’t have to leave the state to find a new collegiate football home.
South Alabama announced via a press release Friday that the wide receiver has enrolled in classes at the Sun Belt and will join the football program. To satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Shinn will sit out the upcoming season but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.
He will, however, be permitted to practice with his new teammates.
“We may have the best scout team receivers that we’ve ever had,” Jaguars head coach Joey Jones said in a statement. “I’ve already seen Marvin jump over defensive backs three or four times to catch balls. It’s pretty obvious his height is an asset, which will give other defenses fits; when we watched him in high school I admired his athleticism. He is an SEC-quality receiver, he is a great route-runner and has great hands, but his height advantage is going to bring us a dimension that we really haven’t had in the last two to three years.
“Marvin is a great person with incredible ability, we are tickled to death that he will be able to get on the field for us next year.”
A four-star recruit, Shinn played in all 14 games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman. He caught six passes for 42 yards.