Alabama Crimson Tide football has seen a lot of action over the past 24 hours among some players and recruits. Bama traded a defensive tackle for an offensive tackle and lost a special teams player expected to move into a safety position this fall.
First, Shawn Burgess-Becker, a highly rated safety out of Florida from the 2015 recruiting class requested and was granted full release from the Crimson Tide’s program. Burgess-Becker, who played in 13 games for Alabama last season on special teams, has not yet stated the school to which he will transfer.
Suspicions began last weekend when the safety had not yet been seen on campus in Tuscaloosa and fans saw on his SnapChat stories that he was still in his hometown in south Florida. A reason for the requested release has not been made public at this time.
More bad news for the Alabama Crimson Tide football program quickly followed Burgess-Becker’s transfer announcement. Defensive tackle Kendell “Hulk” Jones did not meet academic standards for admission to the University and will instead continue to take classes at an unspecified junior college. Jones could potentially return to Bama, depending on the length of time he attends the JUCO. According to the report by BamaHammer’s Chris Hale:
"The 12th ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2016 and the number 14 player overall committed to Coach Nick Saban and the staff in May 2015 and stuck with his commitment through the process. With Jones sticking with the Tide for that long, it seems likely that he would opt to join the Tide after he gets his grades in order."
Raekwon Davis and Quinnen Davis will enroll at the University as defensive tackles for the Crimson Tide for the coming season.
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Finally, a bit of good news came Alabama’s way when number two JUCO offensive tackle Elliot Baker announced his verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide via his Twitter account late Monday night. According to BamaOnline, Baker committed during his first visit to the campus in Tuscaloosa. Baker is ranked as the No.2 junior college prospect in 2017, as well as the No.2 tackle and No. 1 overall prospect out of the state of California. Baker is listed at an impressive 6’7″, 295 lbs.
More College Football News From FanSided
Nathaniel Reeves ~ FanSided CFB
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Garrett Robertson ~ Southbound And Down
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Michael Collins ~ SaturdayBlitz
More Crimson Tide News From Around The Web
Mark Schlabach ~ ESPN
Mark Inabinett ~ AL.com
Alec Shirkey ~ SECCountry
Sharon Katz ~ ESPN
Chris Kirschner ~ SECCountry
Hopefully Tuesday can pass without much more ado in the Crimson Tide football program. Check back often for breaking news, interesting stories, and more at BamaHammer.com. RTR!