3-star linebacker Riley Cole has de-committed from Alabama after the university asked him to grayshirt just days ahead of National Signing Day. Cole announced his decision on Twitter.
For those unaware, grayshirting is when a first-year student-athlete doesn’t arrive on campus until the second semester of his true freshman year so as to delay the start of his eligibility clock. During that first semester, the student-athlete attends a nearby junior college but is unable to participate in any team activities from practices to meals and is not allowed to live on campus. Thus, Alabama essentially asked Cole to not be a part of the team in 2016.
Cole, who currently attends Oneonta High School in the Birmingham area, also had offers in hand from South Alabama and Wake Forest and while it probably was frustrating to hear from Alabama, to de-commit from the program may have been a bit much, especially this close to National Signing Day. Unless his previous offers are still on the table, perhaps he should reconsider.
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