You don’t see something like this very often in recruiting.
One of Alabama’s top football signees was ruled ineligible on Wednesday – despite the fact that he enrolled early in classes with the Crimson Tide last January.
The player is DeSherrius Flowers, a 4-star tailback from Vigor High School of Mobile, Ala. He was one of two running backs in Alabama’s No. 1-ranked class from 2015, along with Damien Harris of Berea, Ky.
Flowers was also one of eight Alabama signees to have a good enough transcript to be approved for early admission last January. He went through spring practices with the team.
What happened? In a statement on Wednesday, Alabama said that Flowers will not be enrolled this fall “due to a recently discovered initial eligibility issue.”
“I’m sure he’s disappointed about this,” his coach at Vigor, Ashley Johnson, told the AJC on Wednesday.
“But after the initial reaction wears off, he’s like me in the way that he’ll find the positives out of it. I’m sure Coach Saban and the staff are pointing those out to him.
“As far as his career, this is nothing. This isn’t even hardly a bump in the road. In fact, there are some advantages are some advantages of this – you get more acquainted with school, and you get more acquainted with (the football program). You’re only going to be bigger and better going into the next year.
“If anything, it probably hurts the team more anything else. At the very least, they probably thought this was another guy who could come off the bench and help out, whether it be specials teams or depth in the backfield. I think it’s going to possibly hurt the team more this season rather than DeSherrius in the long run.”
Alabama has lost other three running backs since the end of last season: Tyren Jones (dismissed for marijuana possession), Altee Tenpenny (transferred to UNLV), and Bo Scarbrough (knee injury during spring).
Who is left? Alabama has two returning veterans in Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake, while West Virginia transfer Andrew Buie made a visit with the Crimson Tide this past weekend.