Alabama Wide Receiver T.J. Simmons Announces Transfer to West Virginia
Alabama received some surprising news over the weekend when wide receiver T.J. Simmons announced his decision to transfer this summer.
The sophomore from Clay-Chalkville High School near Birmingham posted a message to Twitter that plans to continue his career with the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Big XII.
Simmons, a former four-star recruit, looked to be in a position to take on a bigger role in 2017 following an A-Day performance that included six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. But Alabama's depth at wide receiver might have factored into the decision to transfer. Nick Saban's staff brought in four highly-recruited, including A-Day MVP Jerry Jeudy, and returns upper-classmen Calvin Ridley and Robert Foster.
The departure brings the Crimson Tide one player closer to the 85 scholarship limit. A full breakdown can be found on Tidesports' eligibility tracker, but Alabama is currently one scholarship over the limit.