Nick Saban is not happy.
The Alabama head coach updated the status of Crimson Tide five-star freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano on Wednesday and he did not mince any words.
“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 the last few weeks. Saban believes he has just quit on 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.
Earlier this month, Alfano’s parents took to Twitter and updated 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 has not played in any games this year nor has his name appeared in the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Alabama (3-0) is set to host Southern Miss on Saturday.