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Former heralded Alabama recruit, Eyabi Anoma finds new home in FCS school

Brian Pride - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

It has been a difficult road for him since leaving the University of Alabama via the NCAA transfer portal, but Eyabi Anoma is in a much better place now. 

A former five-star and heralded pass rusher in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Crimson Tide fans were excited about having the Maryland native on defense. After a great tenure at St. Frances Academy, the idea was that Anoma would find his role at Alabama and explode at outside linebacker. Unfortunately, it did not happen and off-field issues led to him entering the portal. 

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He would later resurface as a commitment to the University of Houston, but like before, Anoma’s issues with maturity led to him getting dismissed from the team. 

He is in a much better mental state, especially from reading his latest post on Twitter. 

The talented edge rusher apologized for his actions at Alabama and Houston, and is embracing the opportunity provided to him by the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. An NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program, UT-Martin becomes the third collegiate home for Anoma. As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the last championship the Skyhawks won came in 2006 under Jason Simpson with a 9-3 record. Simpson enters his 15th season as head coach in the fall and has yet to capture 10 wins in a campaign. 

The addition of Anoma could really help the program.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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