As long had been rumored, 3.8 star* DT Akial Byers will not be a part of the Alabama Class of 2017 due to failure to academically qualifying. The Fayetteville, AR native will go the juco route, likely Mississippi Gulf Coast CC.
The sunny side of this story is that the Crimson Tide can sign someone better. Alabama has four other defensive linemen on their radar:
Aubrey Solomon DT Leesburg, GA 4.8 stars*
LaBryan Ray DE Madison, AL 4.4 stars*
Jarez Parks DE Sebastian, FL 4 stars*
Phidarian Mathis DT Monroe, LA 4 stars*. He is announcing Tuesday at 4:30pm CT, between LSU, TCU, Bama.
We will have more on Tuesday morning.
*Stars are based on RBR Composite Rankings.