Alabama lost a recruit Sunday afternoon after the Crimson Tide allegedly asked him to grayshirt five days before National Signing Day.
Riley Cole, a three-star outside linebacker from Oneonta (Ala.) High School, tweeted his de-commitment.
“Five days before signing day, ‘Bama talks to me about grayshirting but won’t give me a straight answer,” he said on Twitter. “I have informed them that I have decided to de-commit to find a team that values me as a player. I have prayed and prayed about this, and it’s the best decision for my future.”
A grayshirt is essentially a pause button to joining the team. Grayshirts cannot receive an athletic scholarship, enroll as a full-time student and can’t workout with the football team until the second semester. When teams ask recruits to grayshirt it means they are running low on scholarships. Also, if Cole would have accepted the grayshirt, his scholarship would have counted against the class of 2017.
With the loss of Cole, Alabama is now down to 16 commits. The Crimson Tide are targeting five-stars Ben Davis, Mack Wilson and Mique Juarez at linebacker.