No longer enrolled at Alabama, could Eyabi Anoma be in play for Maryland?

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There is still a bit of a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the future of linebacker Eyabi Anoma, a former five-star recruit of Alabama’s Class of 2018, but the tea leaves could be making things a bit clearer by the hour. That could be good news for the Maryland Terrapins.

Although there is nothing close to any official word suggesting Maryland will be adding Anoma to the program any time soon, it has been confirmed that Anoma is back home after flying out of Birmingham, Alabama this weekend. It was recently reported and confirmed Anoma is no longer enrolled at classes at Alabama, although he has not yet been reported to be in the NCAA transfer portal. A report from Bama Insider says Anoma flew out of Birmingham, Alabama to Washington D.C. on Friday. The last day to enroll in classes at Alabama to be eligible for the upcoming season is today, July 28. Putting the pieces together would seem to suggest he won’t be back at Alabama any time soon.

What would Maryland have to offer? Aside from playing close to home, the chance to continue a working relationship with new Maryland head coach Mike Locksley could be a potential draw. Locksley developed a relationship with Anoma on the recruiting trail while he was an assistant for Nick Saban at Alabama prior to being named the next head coach at Maryland in the last round on the coaching carousel. Locksley was expected to and has been working hard to reignite the recruiting efforts closer to home around the Maryland program, a strong suit of his during his coaching career. Being able to lure Anoma to the Terrapins would be a pretty significant recruiting victory, assuming Anoma will continue playing college football.

It is worth a quick reminder that if Anoma does transfer to Maryland or any other DBS program, he will have to sit out the entire 2019 college football season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Anoma entered the NCAA transfer portal in early February. But a day later, his name was out of the transfer portal.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.