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Former 5-star DE Antonio Alfano leaves Colorado program

When former Alabama defensive lineman Antonio Alfano transferred to Colorado in January, he brought with him the excitement of adding the type of talent that doesn’t come to Boulder every recruiting cycle. Alfano is a former 5-star prospect from the 2019 high school class and has highly impressive tools at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds to go with strong athletic testing numbers.

Alfano’s tenure at Colorado will be short-lived, however. He was recruited to Colorado by former coach Mel Tucker — who left for Michigan State this offseason, and new coach Karl Dorrell told Buffzone earlier this spring that Alfano had been suspended by the team.

Now he’s reportedly on his way out.

Buffzone’s Brian Howell reported on Friday that Alfano is not with Colorado’s football team or in school.

“A former five-star recruit who transferred from Alabama last winter, Alfano is no longer enrolled in school and therefore is not a part of the football team, CU confirmed to Buffzone on Friday,” Howell wrote.

Alfano was ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in 2019 by 247Sports and the No. 5 prospect by the 247Sports Composite out of Colonia (N.J.) but didn’t play for the Crimson Tide last season and announced in November that he would transfer to Colorado. He told Howell previously that his grandmother suffered a stroke during fall camp — she died in November — so his season didn’t get off to a good start.

“It was just a trying time for me being down there,” Alfano told Howell. “I was kind of also a little frustrated, honestly, with not seeing as much playing time as I would like. I was a little frustrated with that and stuff going on back home. That just made my decision easier.”

247Sports’ BuffStampede, citing sources, reported in January that “Alfano missed countless workouts this winter and he was substantially late to his one-on-one meeting with Dorrell. It is unknown at this time what the path is for Alfano to potentially work his way back in the good graces of the program.”

Brian Dohn, 247Sports’ national recruiting analyst based in New Jersey, provided the following scouting report on Alfano in September, 2018:

“Thick but lean athlete with very little body fat. Carries 275 pounds like it’s 230. Potential to be a very athletic-framed 300-pounder on the next level. Plays with good leverage with an explosive first step. Has violent hands and aggressive mentality. Has the temperament you want on the defensive line. Highly competitive. Physical tackler through the ball carrier. Possesses elite edge athleticism and freakish combine testing numbers. Also has versatility and strength to play inside. Sheds blocks and attacks double teams effectively. Pursuit speed is rare but effort needs to be more consistent on plays away from him. Upper tier Power 5 multi-year starter with first- or second-round potential.”

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