One of the nation’s top high school players in the 2019 class is apparently coming to Colorado.
Antonio Alfano, a defensive end who signed with Alabama last December, is set to transfer to CU.
Buffs head coach Mel Tucker posted a graphic on Twitter of Alfano with the words “Boulder Bound.” Tucker’s tweet added, “See you in January … Welcome home!”
According to 247Sports.com, Alfano met with Tucker in Boulder on Sunday.
“I was honored to be recruited by Alabama and Nick Saban and have nothing but positive things to say about them,” Alfano wrote on Twitter. “I want to be successful today and tomorrow and I believe what Coach Tucker is building at Colorado gives me the best opportunity to do that.”
Alfano enrolled at Alabama in January and went through preseason camp with the Crimson Tide, but apparently left the program in September and entered the NCAA transfer portal on Oct. 16.
“I just know that the guy basically quit,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in mid-September to AL.com. “He quit going to class. He quit coming here. We tried to encourage him. We tried to help him. We had tried to set up counseling sessions with him to help him every way we could. … But he didn’t respond to any of the things, so until he responds, you just have to assume the guy quit.”
Alfano, from Colonia (N.J.) High School, was ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class by 247Sports.com.
Alfano had 25 scholarship offers, including from Georgia, where Tucker was the defensive coordinator before coming to CU in December. According to 247Sports, Alabama, Georgia and Penn State were in Alfano’s top three.