While most of Alabama’s 2016 class has already reported to campus for the summer, two signees remain off campus.
Jamar King, a junior college defensive end transfer from Mendocino College (Ukiah, Calif.), remains in school improving his final grades. He’s expected to get the grades and enroll at Alabama this summer.
That’s not the case for another defensive lineman.
Kendell Jones, a four-star defensive tackle from Shoemaker High School (Killeen, Texas), will not enroll at Alabama this year after failing to qualify academically, multiple sources told SEC Country. He began junior college classes Monday, his father, Kendell Sr., told SEC Country. Kendell Sr. would not say in which school his son has enrolled.
He will have to spend two years in junior college and will be free to sign with any school upon graduation.
When Nick Saban spoke at SEC spring meetings last week, he said one player had not qualified yet, but did not provide any additional details.
Jones committed to Alabama in May 2015 and did not waver on his commitment after choosing the Crimson Tide over LSU, Texas A&M, Texas and Baylor. He only took one official visit during his recruitment, and that was to Alabama.
The 6-foot-5, 375-pounder nicknamed “Hulk” was one of three defensive tackle signees in the 2016 class. Raekwon Davis, the four-star who had his own academic issues, and Quinnen Williams were the others.
Defensive tackles were a priority for the 2016 class as Alabama will replace stars A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed along with backups D.J. Pettway and Darren Lake this season. Jones would have likely been sophomore Daron Payne’s backup at nose tackle this season.
Jones was ranked as the nation’s No. 12 defensive tackle and the No. 14 prospect in the state of Texas in the Class of 2016.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.