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Corey Grant Transferring from Alabama

Based on all the chatter of the past few days this should come as no major surprise, but nevertheless it has been confirmed that Corey Grant will indeed transfer from Alabama. Having said that, however, any speculation of him enrolling at Auburn is premature as of this writing. Per the Tuscaloosa News:

Opelika High School coach Brian Blackmon said he does not know where [Corey] Grant plans to play football next, but believes the redshirt freshman has the ability to contribute at a major college program.

"I don't know where he's going, but he told me he's not coming back to Alabama. He didn't give me any indication as to what he's going to do. There is talk that he wants to go to Auburn, but we don't know for sure," said Blackmon.

Some not-so-reputable people were fueling reports earlier tonight that Grant had enrolled at Auburn, but that does not seem to be the case as of right now and for what it's worth those reports have largely been retracted at this point. Given that he hails from Opelika and would seem like a natural fit for Gus Malzahn's offense, seeing Grant end up at Auburn should come as no real surprise if it ultimately comes to that, but it's not such a straightforward issue. It's doubtful Nick Saban and company would give him an unconditional release, so if Grant wants to enroll at Auburn he will have to pay his own way during his first season on the Plains, which may complicate any potential transfer plans.

Regardless of where Grant ends up, though, his career at Alabama is clearly over. With that in mind we certainly hate to see the departure of a talented and highly athletic player, but for the time being it's hard to get overly upset over the news. Grant was a hybrid tailback / receiver when he arrived in Tuscaloosa, but after spring practice of his redshirt freshman season he was seemingly making little progress on the depth chart, and by all accounts he had already been passed over by incoming true freshman Dee Hart. Clearly you wish Grant would have stuck around a bit longer, but at the least solace can be found in the fact that we were not relying on him to be a major contributor in the short-to-intermediate future.

One way or the other, best of luck to Grant at wherever he ends up next.