CU notes: Antonio Alfano has path to return to Buffs

Source tells BuffZone Alfano received medical withdrawal from CU


Antonio Alfano may have a chance to play for the Colorado Buffaloes after all.

On May 29, CU told that Alfano, a former five-star recruit who transferred from Alabama in January, was no longer enrolled in school and no longer on the team.

Head coach Karl Dorrell told BuffZone, however, that Alfano remains indefinitely suspended and there is a path for him to return to active status if he chooses to take it. Dorrell declined to specify the steps Alfano needs to take in order to return.

According to a source close to Alfano, he received a medical withdrawal from school for the spring semester.

Courtesy Antonio Alfano

Alfano, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive lineman, enrolled at CU in January, recruited to Boulder by former head coach Mel Tucker. In early March, Dorrell, who was hired Feb. 23, told BuffZone that Alfano had been suspended indefinitely for a violation for team rules.

In the 2019 recruiting class, Alfano was once rated the nation’s No. 1 prospect by and he signed with Alabama, enrolling in January of 2019. He had two sacks in the Crimson Tide spring game last year and went through fall camp before leaving the team in September and entering the NCAA transfer portal in October.

Tucker, who spent just one season at CU, recruited Alfano while at Georgia and reached out to him in October. In November, Alfano announced he was transferring to Colorado, becoming the most highly-anticipated newcomer to the program in more than a decade.

Zooming into the future

Dorrell and college coaches of all sports around the country have gone from Zoom novices to experts over the past three months. Even as players begin the process of returning to campus this month, Dorrell said the Buffs will continue to conduct meetings virtually.

“When we finally found a groove as to how it works and how we can make it a useful tool for us on a day to day basis … it’s been actually very, very good, so we plan to use the virtual meetings, even through this summer,” he said. “We’re that comfortable with it. It’s been a pleasant surprise for us.”

In addition to team meetings, coaches have had to recruit virtually, and could continue doing so in the future, even after the college football world becomes “normal” again.

Dorrell said the staff has conducted at least 30 virtual visits and tours with recruits in the past few months and he realizes it could be an easy alternative if needed down the road.

“It is something that I think we have in our back pocket,” he said.

“There’s nothing that takes the place, though, of when you have an official visit and they’re on campus and you’re having eye contact and direct contact with families and the student athletes.”

Leaders developing

Dorrell didn’t name specific players, but said there are members of the team emerging as leaders.

“We have identified some people that are specific candidates for leadership positions for our team,” he said. “We have not discussed (naming captains) in a team setting yet so those are things that we’ll probably be able to work on and get accomplished between July and August as we go through camp.”