The Crimson Tide signed 26 players (one grayshirted) in the 2013 recruiting cycle, which put the Tide at 95 scholarship players – 10 over the scholarship maximum, according to CBSSports’ Oversigning Index. The NCAA requires a max of 85 scholarships on every roster, but the numbers don’t have to be finalized until the start of fall camp in August.
So, naturally, there will be attrition during spring practice and the offseason; there always is. And the Tide’s ‘oversigning issues’ are being addressed rather quickly, as Bama is nearly at the 85 limit already.
The four arrested after campus robberies – DJ Pettway, Tyler Hayes, Brent Calloway and Eddie Williams – were kicked off the team. That brought the Tide to 91 players. Despite any inferences to oversigning, Nick Saban had no choice but to kick all four off the team for such heinous acts.
Next, reserve receiver Marvin Shinn hasn’t participated in spring practice and will likely transfer. Shinn was a four-star prospect in the 2011 class and was a top 10-caliber receiver in the country among recruits. Along with Shinn, receiver Danny Woodson’s status is still in limbo because of a suspension. Neither player is on the Tide’s spring roster, and Saban’s suspensions are usually permanent.
And just yesterday, it was announced that linebackers Jonathan Atchison and William Ming and defensive lineman Chris Bonds were not included on the spring roster and are no longer on the team. All three would have been fifth-year seniors in 2013, and they collected three nice rings and a handful of playing minutes during their time with the Tide. All three already have a degree in hand.
With the loss of the three reserves, it seems the Tide’s scholarship numbers have dwindled to 86 (depending on Woodson’s outcome), just one from hitting the maximum with four months left until fall camp opens, making oversigning a non-issue.
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