Former Top Recruit Finds New Home
Eyabi Anoma annonced on Twitter tonight that he will be enrolling at UT-Martin for the 2020 football season. Anoma was the top recruit in Alabama's class of 2018 out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. He played in six games as a freshman in 2018 for the Crimson Tide, notching nine tackles, two for a loss.
Anoma's statement on Twitter can be read below.
Anoma was dismissed from the University of Alabama in the summer of 2019 for a "university level violation" according to CBS Sports. He entered the transfer portal for the second time a short time after and decided he would pursue playing football for the Houston Cougars.
The 6-foot-5, 245 pound defensive end sat out the 2019 season at Houston due to NCAA transfer rules. Anoma redshirtted in 2019 to save a year of eligibility, unfortunately he was dismissed by Dana Holgorsen from the Cougars over a violation of teams rules. According to AL.com's Matt Zenitz, Anoma was still plagued by similar poor decisions that he made at Alabama.
Anoma issued an apology to both the University of Alabama and University of Houston for his poor decision-making to this point. The defensive end discussed learning to accept consequences and better decision-making.He stated that the choice to join the Skyhawks was born out of a desire to move closer to his family.
Due to transferring to an FCS school, Anoma will be eligible to play in 2020 for the Skyhawks. UT-Martin will be travelling to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide in week 11 on November 14.
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