Jhavonte Dean couldn’t believe it when Alabama offered him a scholarship after his performance at a Texas satellite camp in June that saw him post a 4.3 40-yard dash time. A month later, he committed to the Crimson Tide while on a visit. Fast forward six months later and now Dean won’t be a part of Alabama’s Class of 2017.
Dean, the nation’s No. 2 junior college cornerback prospect from Blinn College (Brenham, Texas) has decommitted from Alabama, as he posted a note via his Twitter feed.
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Dean, who signed with Cincinnati out of South Dade High School (Homestead, Fla.), still has the majority of his family down in South Florida. Dean took a visit to Miami this past weekend.
This de-commitment was expected as SEC Country has reported for over a month now that Dean and Alabama would have a mutual parting of ways after a down season at Blinn for Dean. He had 23 tackles and zero interceptions in nine games this past season as a back-up. He also never visited Tuscaloosa this fall and took official visits to Utah, Arizona State and Miami.
Even with Marlon Humphrey declaring for the NFL draft, Alabama was not going to fight to keep Dean committed in this year’s class.
Now that Dean has departed from the class, Alabama has 24 commitments with multiple spots still needing to be filled.
A source close to the team said 4-star prospect Chris Henderson, who took an official visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend, is the team’s top choice to fill Dean’s spot in the class. Henderson is a Florida lean as of now, though. He won’t make a decision until National Signing Day.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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