| FTBL Antonio Alfano asked to enter the portal

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has missed all three days of practice this week and was not on the field for Alabama’s home opener this past weekend.

Following Saturday’s game against New Mexico State, head coach Nick Saban said Alfano was “going through some discipline things with me” and could return if he makes the right decisions.

In his last press conference before traveling to Columbia, S.C., for the Crimson Tide’s SEC opener at South Carolina this upcoming weekend, Saban was asked if he had an update on Alfano.

“Not really,” Saban said Wednesday. “He’s kind of disappeared a little bit.”

Alfano is not in the NCAA transfer portal as of Wednesday afternoon. The former 5-star recruit also missed three of the team’s practices preseason camp “for personal reasons” last month.

The Colonia, N.J., native was the Tide’s highest-rated recruit in its 2019 No. 1-ranked class as 247Sports’ No. 1 overall prospect. Alfano earned first-team all-state honors at Colonia High School after a senior season that saw him record 76 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and six forced fumbles. He also saw time as an offensive lineman.

Alfano enrolled early at Alabama in January, and the 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman recorded two sacks in April’s spring game. But he has not played in either of UA’s first two games this season.

“I talked to our team today about the fact that people make mistakes,” Saban said. “We all mistakes. I make mistakes. Probably everybody in this room makes mistakes. We make mistakes as parents, we make mistakes as coaches. We make mistakes in just about everything that we do.

“But I think you compound the problem when you don’t confront the mistakes that you make and you create greater consequences for yourself because of the choices and decisions that you make after you make a mistake. So hopefully, this will be a learning experience for all the guys on our team.”
 

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Welp, Antonio Alfano is going to respond one of two ways to this, question is which way.

 

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"disappeared a little bit"? that sounds....ominous. at least he didn't use the word "indefinitely". we ALL know what that means.
 

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I dont imagine this kid ever sees the field. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if we hear that he has entered the portal before November even gets here.
 

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During his recruitment I read where he had some behavioral issues and if I remember correctly some issues with the law, but worked really hard his senior year to bury those concerns about his past.
 

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Well that's a damn shame... Bottom line he's got long way to go. Young, Mathis, Dale and others will pick up the slack for the youngsters... Is Eboigbe coming back soon? Wynn in the mix also. We be aight! RTR
 

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Bummer, I hope it works out at Bama for him but doesn't look good right now.
 

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Well that's a damn shame... Bottom line he's got long way to go. Young, Mathis, Dale and others will pick up the slack for the youngsters... Is Eboigbe coming back soon? Wynn in the mix also. We be aight! RTR
Yes, even without Alfano, this freshman class of DL seems like it will be very special.

Dale starts and is a very good player in Game 3 of his true frosh year. Byron Young is playing. Eboigbe was the first guy off the bench before injury, and is back this week. He also looks destined to be a star.

Braylen Ingraham and Ishmael Sophser will redshirt
 

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It is September, so he has an opportunity to make immediate changes to his mindset, and how he approach things. If He agree to conditions set by the coach and the staff, his goal is to return to the team by end of October.... But if he is not going to do what he is supposed to do, then he probably needs to go ahead and enter into transfer portal before OCtober. But he has to know that nobody will touch him. JUCO route might be his best path to playing D1.
 

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He was a top 10 recruit last year. A little outlandish to say nobody will touch him. Guarantee most any college in the country will take him if he enters the portal
 

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I think what @Justneedme81 is saying is that if (and it has been said a few times) part of the problem is academic then he may be forced to go JUCO
 

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He was a top 10 recruit last year. A little outlandish to say nobody will touch him. Guarantee most any college in the country will take him if he enters the portal
He was a top 10 recruit with sites listing him at 6'4" and weighing 285 when he's a 6'2" guy that may be hitting 260. Normally, you can expect a top 10 guy to contribute immediately. We all know that's what he's heard on the recruiting trail.

Now what we're left with is a guy who is living in that world; the play immediately world. Reality is the guy on campus needs a red shirt year.

It's not hard to see how "I should be playing" versus "you aren't ready to play" creates a problem.

Compare that to Sopsher. He's not ready and certainly wasn't when he arrived. But he's been working. The same can't be said for Alfano.
 

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He was a top 10 recruit with sites listing him at 6'4" and weighing 285 when he's a 6'2" guy that may be hitting 260. Normally, you can expect a top 10 guy to contribute immediately. We all know that's what he's heard on the recruiting trail.

Now what we're left with is a guy who is living in that world; the play immediately world. Reality is the guy on campus needs a red shirt year.

It's not hard to see how "I should be playing" versus "you aren't ready to play" creates a problem.

Compare that to Sopsher. He's not ready and certainly wasn't when he arrived. But he's been working. The same can't be said for Alfano.
Listed at 6'4 285 on Alabama roster... 😾
 

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