The Alabama linebacking unit will be down a man in the coming months.
Adonis Thomas is transferring from the Crimson Tide, according to a Wednesday night report from AL.com‘s Matt Zenitz. The former 4-star recruit will play this season at a JUCO institution before — hopefully — moving to a larger program in January, according to Zenitz.
Thomas, a redshirt freshman, arrived in Tuscaloosa last year by way of Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga. Ranked by 247Sports.com as the nation’s No. 11 outside linebacker, he chose Alabama over Florida, the school he originally committed to in Aug. 2014.
Nick Saban’s group of linebackers is stacked entering the season. Reuben Foster, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson turned down the NFL to return to Alabama for another year, while holdovers such as Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton will make it tough for younger players to see the field in 2016.