Kendall Sheffield, a former five-star cornerback, is reportedly transferring from Alabama's football program.
Kendall Sheffield, a top recruit in the 2015 class, has decided to leave the Crimson Tide's program, according to a report by Touchdown Alabama.
The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect had missed a couple of Alabama's recent practices and many had started to wonder if he was going to transfer.
Just a couple of days ago, though, Nick Saban was talking about the progress that Sheffield was making.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Sheffield has gotten better, more comfortable and more confident after some struggles learning Alabama's defense and different things technique-wise since arriving in Tuscaloosa last summer.
"Kendall Sheffield, I think we just keep trying to work reps, reps, reps so that he can play his position with a little more naturally instinctive reactions," coach Nick Saban said. "He certainly has a lot of ability, and we're certainly trying to bring it out of him in every way we can. Right now it's a work in progress and he is making progress."
AL.com also reported this in July:
"He's ready to compete," Sheffield's high school coach, James Williams, said in July. "He's excited. He says he's gotten a lot better and that he's learning the system. They play a very good system there, and sometimes it takes longer to learn it and be comfortable with it. And he's comfortable now and definitely ready to get out there and contribute."
What's changed since then?
Sheffield, a Texas native, was ranked the No. 4 CB and No. 20 player in the 2015 class by 247Sports' Composite Rankings. He was entering his redshirt freshman season.
Alabama opens its '16 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against USC.