Alabama coach Nick Saban said on ESPN2 on Wednesday that outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma is no longer in the NCAA transfer portal.

Anoma entered the portal on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

“That particular player is in, and we had a conversation, and now he’s out,” Saban said. “I do think it gives players options but I also think we want to make sure that they’re not putting decision making in the hands of people who may not be in the best position to make those decisions sometimes in terms of what’s in their best interest.

“Sometimes, we’re trying to get guys to be the best versions of themselves so they can create value for their future in terms of the choices and decisions they make as people as well as how they do academically and develop in their career off the field, and what they have to do to be the best football players that they can be. Sometimes people have to focus on development. Sometimes they think that maybe they should be playing more, or whatever. But sometimes this development and the process of development is something that really helps players become better people and have a better chance to be successful in life. Hopefully, we’re not opening doors that keep us as coaches and people that are trying to provide positive leadership for their future, we really maybe the best opportunity to do that sometimes.”

Anoma just completed his true freshman season in Tuscaloosa, playing in 12 games and totaling nine tackles with two tackles for loss. He was a five-star recruit ranked as the No. 4 overall player in the nation in the class of 2018.

Entering the transfer portal does not mean a player is transferring, but allows other schools to contact and recruit the player. Players can also choose to have their name removed from the portal.

Anoma missed one day of practice in December but quickly returned and was with the team during the College Football Playoff.

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