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Nick Saban Reveals Alabama 5-Star Freshman "Basically Quit"

A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset during an Alabama football game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban updated the status of Crimson Tide five-star freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano this evening.

"The guy basically quit," Saban told reporters.

Alfano, a five-star prospect and the No. 5 player overall in the 2019 class, has not been with the Crimson Tide team in recent weeks.

Saban announced tonight that he believes the former top recruit has quit the team.

"I just know that the guy basically quit. He quit going to class, he quit coming here. ... Until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit," Saban said.

Alfano's parents had taken to Twitter earlier in the month to update their son's status.

“Antonio’s grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support,” the statement read. “He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices.

“The University of Alabama has been extremely supportive and I couldn’t ask for better support from them. Yesterday, Antonio asked to be placed in the transfer portal to see what his options are.

“Although he’s in the transfer portal, he still can decide to remain at the University of Alabama. My opinion is that Antonio should stay at the University of Alabama. However he’s an adult and it’s his decision. Antonio knows that his family has & will always be there for him.”

Alfano's name has reportedly not been seen in the NCAA's transfer portal, according to 247Sports.

The former five-star recruit has not played in any of Alabama's games this season.

Alabama (3-0) is set to host Southern Miss on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon E.T.