University of Alabama freshman outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma is “currently not attending classes at The University of Alabama,” according to UA’s Associate Vice President for Communications.

 The one-sentence response from Monica Watts, UA Associate Vice President for Communications, was in response to a query from The Tuscaloosa News.

 “Eyabi Anoma is currently not attending classes at The University of Alabama,” the statement said. UA offered no addditional details  

 A spokesman for the UA Athletics Department referred all questions to UA’s Division of Communications.

 While UA offered no clarification of Anoma’s status with the football team due to federal privacy laws, Anoma would not be allowed to participate in team activities, including the start of football practice next week, if he is not enrolled in classes.

 Anoma, a sophomore from Baltimore, Md., was one of the nation’s top defensive line recruits in the 2018 class. He appeared in 12 games as a freshman, earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors from the league coaches. He registered nine tackles on the season, including two for a loss (-4 yards), while adding one quarterback hurry.

 Anoma entered the NCAA transfer portal in February, then withdrew his name 24 hours later. He participated in Alabama’s spring practice, recording three tackles, including a sack, in the A-Day game last April.


  Reach Cecil Hurt at or via Twitter @cecilhurt. Tuscaloosa News reporter Ed Enoch contributed to this report.