Status of Alabama DB Kendall Sheffield unclear

No one appears to know what is going on with former five-star recruit Kendall Sheffield.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back was set to transfer from the program. However, head coach Nick Saban’s recent comments on Sheffield’s status left more questions than concerns.

“Kendall Sheffield has not been here for the last couple of days,” Saban said, via Rivals.com. “I don’t really know what his status is so there’s no need to ask me. We’re happy to have him back. He’s a fine young man. He’s worked hard, he’s made a lot of improvement here.

“We enjoy having him be a part of the team if that’s what he chooses and continue to work with him in a positive way to help him develop academically and athletically.”

 Coming out of high school, the 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback was rated as the No. 20 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 4 cornerback. He held offers from the likes of Florida State, Texas A&M, USC and Ohio State.

Sheffield was expected to be competing to become a key contributor on the Alabama defense, but he will need to get back on the practice field if he doesn’t want to lose that opportunity.

Otherwise, the Crimson Tide may have no choice but to move on while Sheffield would have to look elsewhere to begin his college career after taking a redshirt in 2015.

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