Alabama is losing one of its best special teams players to the transfer portal in reserve linebacker Brandon “Ale” Kaho. 

The rising senior linebacker announced his intention to transfer from the University of Alabama earlier Friday morning via Twitter.

In his three years at the capstone the former five-star recruit’s presence was felt the most on Alabama’s kickoff and punt teams. In the 40 games Kaho played, he recorded a total of 33 tackles, with a good chunk of them coming from special teams tackles. 

In addition to his tackles total, Kaho recorded three blocked punts in 2019, a number that tied the second place record for most blocks in a season in school history. He blocked one each against Texas A&M and in the Citrus Bowl against Michigan, and returned a third block for a touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s 59-31 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels.

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Coming out of Reno High School in Reno, Nevada, Kaho was considered the No. 32 player in the entire country and the second best inside linebacker prospect available by 247Sports. Kaho originally signed to play for the University of Washington in 2018. Due to circumstances involving his family he requested a release from his scholarship and opted to join the Crimson Tide instead. 

Kaho is the sixth Alabama player to enter the transfer portal from the Crimson Tide’s 2020-21 team. He is also the third linebacker to leave Tuscaloosa in recent months, joining former four-star recruit Kevin Harris and longtime Alabama reserve Ben Davis.

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