The Alabama Crimson Tide are about to get a lot deeper thanks to their stacked incoming recruiting class, but they'll be losing one former highly-rated defensive tackle before the class is finalized on National Signing Day.
Dee Liner's recruitment was one of the most controversial Alabama/Auburn recruiting battles from the past decade - he originally chose Auburn as a high school junior, but after 19 combined visits to both schools as a high school standout (Liner was rated as the #4 DT in the Class of 2013), he de-committed from Auburn and chose Alabama on National Signing Day back in 2013. Liner's flip infuriated Auburn fans, who felt they'd been played for the better part of two years.
Now, he's leaving Alabama after just four game appearances and four total tackles.
Liner announced on his Twitter account Monday that he's been released from his Alabama scholarship, and he'll look to transfer somewhere else this summer.
The Crimson Tide have one of the deepest groups of defensive linemen in the country, and it isn't a massive shock that Nick Saban deemed him surplus to requirements. Liner failed to live up to expectations in Tuscaloosa, and also made a spectacularly ill-advised Instagram post flashing stacks of money that didn't sit well with Alabama's coaching staff.
There's no word on Liner's potential destinations yet, but we'd expect several D1 programs to be interested. Liner was originally recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Miami (Fl.), Tennessee, Georgia and USC.
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