Former 5-star Alabama prospect enters name in NCAA transfer portal

Courtesy of Alabama Athletics

Linebacker Eyabi Anoma the latest Crimson Tide player, and first from 2018 signing class to take step toward leaving

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama's top-rated prospect from the recruiting Class of 2018 has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

Linebacker Eyabi Anoma, a consensus 5-star talent who played in 12 games as a true freshman, can now be contacted by any school in college football.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound edge rusher tallied nine tackles, including two for a loss, and a quarterback hurry while earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors from the league’s coaches. In terms of the depth chart, he's behind starters Anfernee Jennings and Terrell Lewis at the outside linebacker sports, but was developing as a pass rusher.

A year ago, Anoma was rated as as the No. 4 prospect in the nation by the 247Sports composite, No. 8 by ESPN and No. 24 by Rivals.

Anoma missed one of Alabama’s practices for the College Football Playoff and posted a message on social media: “Made a decision and will stick by it." When asked by fans to what it meant Anoma responded that he wasn't considering anything like a transfer.

“I haven’t really had the opportunity to visit with him," Nick Saban subsequently said during a press conference. "He has a personal day, I guess, to sort some things out. Hopefully we’ll be able to get him back on track here soon.”

AL.com’s Matt Zenitz was first to report Anoma's status Tuesday.

This is the first year with the NCAA's transfer portal, which allows football players to register and subsequently be contacted by other schools. They can also withdraw their name as well.

Defensive back Kyriq McDonald and long snapper Scott Meyer entered the transfer portal on Monday. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has already transferred to Oklahoma and offensive lineman Richie Petitbon to Illinois.

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