Colorado suspends former five-star Alabama recruit Antonio Alfano for violation of team rules

The saga of former five-star defensive lineman recruit Antonio Alfano continues at Colorado, and not for the better. On Monday, new Buffaloes coach Karl Dorrell announced that Alfano has been suspended indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. 

Alfano, Alabama's highest-rated recruit for the 2019 class, entered the transfer portal last October. It wasn't entirely clear at the time what the issue was for the No. 5 overall prospect and top-rated defensive line recruit in the country. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban noted that Alfano was going "through some discipline 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, however, said that the player's grandmother had been going through severe health issues. That appeared to at least play a role in Alfano's decision to stop going to class and practice. In any case, Alfano transferred and ended up with former Alabama staffer Mel Tucker at Colorado, where he enrolled in January. 

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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