TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Thursday afternoon that junior college transfer Charles Baldwin is no longer with the program.
“Charles Baldwin has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules,” Saban said in a statement.
Coming out of ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., Baldwin was one of the most highly-touted members of Alabama’s 2016 signing class. He was the top-rated offensive tackle and No. 2 overall player from the junior college ranks in the most recent recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports Composite.
Baldwin enrolled in January, and was expected to compete for the right tackle position. But the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder hadn’t progressed to the point of working with the first-team offensive line group, and was behind both rising sophomore Lester Cotton and fellow early enrollee Jonah Williams.
“A very good athlete. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a lot to learn,” Saban said of Baldwin on March 28. “We’re going to continue to work with him, to get him to do things right, to get him to buy into doing things the way we need him to do them so he can have success here. I think it might take some time, but we’ve got a lot of patience and got a lot of people around here that are willing to see what we can make work with him.”