Four-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones, and the Alabama faithful alike, are coming to terms with the idea that the 375-pounder will not be coming to Tuscaloosa as planned.
On Monday, Kendell’s father told SEC Country that his son will need two years of junior college before he’s ready to potentially enter the realm of Division I college football.
The news means that Jones is no longer bound to the letter of intent he signed with the Crimson Tide, freeing him to sign with any school following his junior college graduation.
Jones released an official statement on the situation via BamaOnline.com on Tuesday evening:
“We want to thank Coach Saban and all the coaching staff at Bama who stuck with us even though we knew it was an uphill battle, they stuck with me throughout this process, and the reason I won’t be enrolling at the University of Alabama is because I didn’t meet the NCAA requirements but I look forward to enjoying my time at JUCO and continue to build and grind on not only my talent, but my education, it’s an alternate route but what God has ordained, it’s for me.”
The Texas product was a big land for the Crimson Tide last season. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 375-pounds, the Alabama coaching staff was inevitably looking forward to him clogging holes on the interior of the line of scrimmage.
He was rated as the No. 93 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.