Charles Baldwin’s tenure with the Alabama Crimson Tide football program ended before it began, as the offensive tackle was dismissed from the program on Thursday.
Per Michael Casagrande of AL.com, Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed Baldwin’s dismissal in a brief statement: “Charles Baldwin has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.”
Baldwin originally announced his commitment to Alabama as a junior college transfer last June while playing at ASA College.
The New York native explained his decision to join the Crimson Tide to Drew Champlin of AL.com: “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and the players, and I feel they can push me to be the best player I can be.”
Baldwin was the latest in a long line of talented offensive linemen Saban has brought to Tuscaloosa. He’s listed as a 4-star prospect and No. 2 JUCO transfer in the country, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings.
Even though this was going to be Baldwin’s first year at Alabama, Casagrande noted he was considered a “prime candidate” to get reps at right tackle in 2016.
In March, Saban told Casagrande he felt Baldwin needed significant development before realizing his full potential: “A very good athlete. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a lot to learn. He’s got a long way to go. We’re going to continue to work with him, to get him to do things right, to get him to buy into doing things the way we need him to do them so he can have success here.”
ESPN’s Cole Cubelic did note on Twitter that Baldwin’s dismissal will likely have an impact on the team in 2016:
Alabama has the highly touted Jonah Williams ready to step on the field in 2016. Saban has never had problems finding offensive linemen who can open holes for running backs to steamroll through with ease.
Losing Baldwin will test the Crimson Tide’s depth up front, but no coach is better at recruiting and developing talent in the trenches. It’s not going to have any long-lasting impact as the team prepares to defend its national title.
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