The whirlwind offseason for Colorado defensive lineman Antonio Alfano has taken another turn, and this one has taken him out of Boulder. The school confirmed to the Boulder Daily Camera that the 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive end is no longer enrolled at the school. Alfano was for a violation of team rules.
Alfano transferred to the program in January when Mel Tucker was still serving as Buffaloes head coach after playing his first season at Alabama. He stopped going to class and practice at Alabama in early September, at which time coach Nick Saban revealed that Alfano was battling disciplinary issues and that he "kind of disappeared for a little bit."
"He quit going to class; he quit coming here. We tried to encourage him; we tried to help him," Saban said via 247Sports. "We had tried to set up counseling sessions with him to help him every way we could. And all those things are still available to him if he wants them, but he didn't respond to any of the things, so until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit."
Alfano's father said that, at the time of his "disappearance" from the Alabama football team, his mother was going through some serious health issues.
"Antonio's grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support," he wrote on Twitter. "He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices."
Alfano was the No. 5 overall player and the highest-ranked member of Alabama's 2019 recruiting class which finished No. 1 in the nation. He was one of three five-star, top-10 prospects to sign with the Crimson Tide. He graduated from Colonia (New Jersey) High School after attending two other high schools during his prep career.