Alonzo Lawrence Looking To Transfer

SECSportsHub.comSenior Analyst IJuly 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks off the field after the Utah Utes defeated the Crimson Tide 31-17 in the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Utes defeated the Crimson Tide 31-17.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On Saturday afternoon, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team learned that redshirt freshman cornerback Alonzo Lawrence would likely seek to transfer from the program.

According to the Alabama Press-Register, Alonzo Lawrence is exploring his options and has not settled on a place to play his collegiate football yet.

If Lawrence transfers, it will help to solve the scholarship crunch facing Alabama. Chris Jackson and Brandon Fanney have also decided to transfer within the past week.

If everyone in Alabama's 2009 recruiting class qualifies, the Crimson Tide will need to reduce the number of players on scholarship by seven to be under the NCAA mandated limit of 85.

Currently, the Crimson Tide have 69 players on scholarship, including four freshmen who enrolled during the spring semester. Twenty-three more freshmen are set to receive scholarships, and RB Eddie Lacy and DT Darrington Sentimore are the only two that have not yet qualified.

The Crimson Tide must also limit their 2009 signing class to 25 members to abide by NCAA regulations.

SEC Sports Hub spoke with a source close to the Alabama Crimson Tide football program and he indicated that Southern Mississippi was the most likely destination for Lawrence.

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Lawrence is a former high school standout from Lucedale, Mississippi. He was ranked as a five star prospect by the Rivals recruiting service and ranked as the second best cornerback in the nation during the 2008 recruiting cycle.

Lawrence redshirted last season, after struggling to learn the cornerback position in head coach Nick Saban's system.