Alabama in the Mix for Clemson Transfer CB
Former Clemson Tiger standout cornerback, Derion Kendrick has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Kendrick's name was officially removed from the Clemson football roster a few months ago after being benched multiple games this year for off-the-field issues.
When he was on the field Kendrick was highly productive, being named first-team All- ACC in 2020 with 43 tackles, two interceptions, and a touchdown.
According to 24/7 Sports, five schools are in the mix for the lockdown corner, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, TCU, and Florida.
Georgia seems like they might have an advantage after Kendrick retweeted a tweet from someone saying that he should go to UGA.
Clemson and Georgia are set to kick off the season in a matchup on Sept. 4, so if Kendrick wants a revenge game against his former team this would be the time.
As for Alabama, they still have Josh Jobe and a slew of young talent hoping to take over for Patrick Surtain Jr. who is headed to the 2021 NFL Draft, but Kendrick would immediately solidify the position.
“On the field, he has playmaking instincts to go along with good on-ball production and run game support,” 247Sports national analyst Clint Brewster said. “He started out playing wide receiver for Clemson, so he has that natural athletic ability to switch positions at the college level. He’ll be the top overall cornerback in the portal after what he’s shown at an elite stage in Clemson.”
Many people were surprised by Kendrick's decision to stay at Clemson instead of declaring for the NFL Draft this year. Analysts had him pegged to be one of the top players at his position, and likely a first-round selection.
It's unclear at this time when Kendrick will choose his new suitor, but look for the Crimson Tide to be aggressive in landing the Rock Hill, SC native.
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