Four-star safety Xavier McKinney committed to Alabama back in September for a few reasons, one of which had to do with his relationship with Kirby Smart.
According to McKinney, he was closer to the former Alabama defensive chief than any other coach throughout his recruitment. Needless to say, Smart’s departure to Athens, Ga., didn’t sit well with the 2017 safety.
“It’s his decision,” McKinney told SEC Country over the weekend. “I kind of hate that he left. It is what it is. It’s a business. I’ll leave it at that.”
McKinney, who reported an offer from the Bulldogs in October, is pleased with the Crimson Tide’s hiring of former Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. But the 6-foot-1, 170-pound junior from Roswell High School (Ga.) declined to comment any further.
He is rated as the No. 11 safety in next year’s recruiting cycle.