Former top national recruit Antonio Alfano transfers for second time

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Colorado defensive end Antonio Alfano is on the transfer market again.

In the 2019 recruiting class, Alfano was tabbed the top overall prospect in the nation by 247 Sports ahead of notables like LSU’s Derek Stingley, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler

After considering a host of big time programs including LSU, he decided on Alabama, enrolled early and arrived on campus in January ’19. He participated in the Tide’s spring drills of 2019 and flashed some impressive skills. Then problems began.

The 6-foot-5, 285 pounder stopped attending classes and eventually football practices in September and entered the transfer portal in October ’19.

Alfano chose Colorado as his next college football destination and headed to Boulder. Former Colorado head coach Mel Tucker recruited him personally but left the program this offseason for Michigan State. Afterwards, new Buffaloes coach Karl Dorrell suspended Alfano indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

There were some telltale signs that a storm could be brewing despite Alfano’s obvious talent. The New Jersey native played two seasons at Bergen High School and then his junior campaign at Rahway. On the move again, he spent his final prep season at Colonia where he tallied 76 tackles with 28 for loss and 10 sacks.

Alfano’s parents have stated that the move from Alabama was prompted by the illness of his grandmother, to whom he was very close. She was on a life support but has since passed away.

It is a shame that the top prospect from just two years ago has yet to play a down of college football and is already set to enter a third program.

Ex-Colorado defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh has moved on to Tennessee, so Knoxville may be one potential destination for Alfano.

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Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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