Alabama freshman linebacker Christian Bell says he is leaving the program, he announced on Twitter.
— Christian Bell (@BELL_ringerr) July 24, 2016
Bell, a former three-star recruit from Birmingham, Ala., was expected to be a part of the 2015 signing class, not the 2016 group. What happened was Alabama asked him to grayshirt before the 2015 National Signing Day.
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 work out with the football team. However, Bell was able to sign his letter of intent this past December and began classes in January.