Alabama WR transferring, Tide close to 85-player limit

Alphonse Taylor, Josh Magee, Danny Woodson

Suspended Alabama wide receiver Danny Woodson Jr. is transferring to South Alabama. Woodson will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming season, per NCAA rules.

The Tide have one of the deepest receiving corps of anyone in the SEC, and playing time would have been slim for Woodson, even if he was allowed to come back from his suspension for violating team rules. And it was expected he would transfer.

With Woodson’s transfer, Alabama is hovering around the 85-scholarship limit. The 85-player limit doesn’t have to be finalized until the start of fall camp, per NCAA rules.

The Tide signed 26 players in the 2013 recruiting cycle, which put the total number of scholarship players at 95, 10 over the maximum, according to CBSSports’ Oversigning Index.

Naturally, there would be offseason attrition, and that certainly has been the case for an event-filled – nightmarish for Nick Saban – Alabama offseason.

Alabama has lost nine scholarship players since February:

  • DJ Pettway (dismissed)
  • Tyler Hayes (dismissed)
  • Brent Calloway (dismissed)
  • Eddie Williams (dismissed)
  • Jonathan Atchison (not on spring roster)
  • William Ming (not on spring roster)
  • Chris Bonds (not on spring roster)
  • Marvin Shinn (opted not to practice this spring)
  • Danny Woodson Jr. (transfer)

The oversigning zealots were out in full force last February, but Alabama looks to be sitting at 86 scholarship players, just one away from the limit. And we still have roughly 69 days until fall camp starts.

Photo Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

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