The speculation is over. After three years in Tuscaloosa, Ala., reserve offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy will be transferring to a new school to continue his collegiate career.
Kennedy made the announcement official with a statement that he released via his Twitter account on Monday night. Included in the tweet was a heartfelt message regarding his time spent at the Capstone.
Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/wnK03F2FB2
— Brandon Kennedy (@56nights_crazy) May 21, 2018
Kennedy’s status has been the center of plenty of discussion recently. Earlier on Monday, AL.com’s Matt Zenitz made it known that Alabama had denied Kennedy’s initial attempt to transfer to another school in the SEC.
According to the report, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound offensive lineman is looking to transfer to either Auburn or Tennessee. Considering the two teams are known to be Alabama’s biggest rivals, it isn’t surprising that coach Nick Saban is attempting to put a stop to either school as a possible destination.
Adding a player such as Kennedy would be a major boost to Auburn or Tennessee. The Tigers lost two interior offensive linemen (Austin Golson and Braden Smith) to graduation, while the Vols have had a major issue with depth up-front.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. For now, it doesn’t look like Kennedy will be playing for an SEC school in 2018. That could change, however. One former Tide player was able to receive a waiver from the SEC to get around the block.
Back in 2016, former Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith was initially blocked from transferring to Georgia. That ruling was overturned, however, and Smith was reunited with coach Kirby Smart in Athens.
Will Kennedy end up with a similar result? Only time will tell.