Maurice Smith speaks about about Alabama blocking his transfer

Maurice Smith, the Alabama grad transfer defensive back who once expressed an interest in Miami, spoke out for the first time about his ordeal.

Smith said he wants to go to Georgia, but coach Nick Saban and Alabama have blocked him from going to another SEC school. Saban could grant him a waiver, but has been unwilling to do so.

Smith wants to play for former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who is now the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Maurice Smith flexes during the 2015 Sugar Bowl against Ohio State. (Getty Images)

Maurice Smith flexes during the 2015 Sugar Bowl against Ohio State. (Getty Images)

“There’s really not a deadline,” Smith said in an interview with AL.com. “I’m willing to go as far as it takes to play the season at the school that I desire, which is Georgia.”

Click here to see the video interview and read more about Smith’s battle with the Crimson Tide.

Should Smith be denied entry to Georgia, he would likely have Miami as a fallback option; the Hurricanes have an open scholarship and a need for defensive backs with talent and experience. Smith was a four-star prospect out of Sugar Land, Texas.

The Hurricanes were one of the first teams to reach out to Smith once he expressed an interested in transferring from Alabama. Smith, who recently graduated, would be eligible immediately.

He told AL.com that Georgia runs “almost the same system as Alabama, so it will be an easy transition and also the playbook,” he said. “And I don’t have a lot of time to get on the field and basically get my senior year underway, so I think that would be the best opportunity and the best choice for me to move to.”

Saban addressed the issue last week, citing an SEC rule that restricts players from transferring to another SEC school, except under unique circumstances.

“I know there’s a lot of talk out there and interest in the Maurice Smith deal,” Saban said. “Nothing has changed. We support the SEC rule of not granting guys’ release to go to other SEC schools. It has been our policy here not to do that unless there was a special circumstance.”

 

 

 

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