Nick Saban blocking Maurice Smith from transferring to Georgia
Alabama is currently blocking defensive back Maurice Smith from attending Georgia as a graduate transfer, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Smith, a Houston native, will graduate from Alabama on Saturday, making him eligible to play immediately at another school. He has made it clear that he wants to play for Kirby Smart at Georgia, but must be granted his release from Alabama first.
Smith’s mother, Samyra Smith, drove to Alabama from Houston on Tuesday to discuss the issue with Alabama coach Nick Saban in person.
“The university is continuing to be resistant to any request to release my son. That’s where we are,” Samyra Smith said. “In (Saban’s) mind, the best decision is for him to stay here. And he doesn’t think anything other than that is best for the kid.”
According to Samyra Smith, the family has already gone through an appeal, hearing and a written request for his release.
Smart and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker both worked with Smith as coaches at Alabama last season.
Smith recorded 15 tackles and a sack last season and saw time as the first-string nickelback this spring.