Kendrick James

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SMU picks up transfer of former Alabama four-star tight end

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Former Alabama tight end Kendrick James has found a new home. According to a report from, James is transferring from Alabama to SMU.

For James, the transfer will bring him a little closer to his home in Waco, Texas. It will also be a chance to start with a clean slate after finding his way into the dog house of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. James was one of three Alabama players suspended last December for unspecified NCAA violations. He reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month, leaving many to speculate he would be moving to a new program.

The former four-star recruit of the Crimson Tide will have to sit out the 2019 season before being ruled eligible to play for the Mustangs beginning in 2020. After having played in each of the past two seasons, James can use a redshirt year in 2019 and still have two seasons of eligibility at his disposal at SMU.