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4-Star JUCO LB Gary Johnson Decommits From Alabama

Alabama's 2017 recruiting class took a slight hit this afternoon.

Four-star junior college linebacker Gary Johnson announced his decommitment on Twitter a short time ago. His reasoning? Academic requirements in the SEC which will make him unable to compete in the conference.

"After talking it over with my advisors and family I have decided to reopen my recruitment due to academic requirements in the SEC that are different than in other conferences," Johnson's statement partially read. "I will not be available to any SEC schools because of that."

Johnson's full statement can be seen below:

Johnson, who plays for Dodge City Community College, is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the 2017 JUCO class.

Johnson also held offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.