One of the nation’s top-rated defensive ends is moving to Georgia for his senior year of high school football.
LaMichael Fanning, who has committed to BCS champion Alabama, will enroll at Harris County High. His former athletics director at Auburn (Ala.) High confirmed to the transfer to the Opelika-Auburn News.
“He has some family situations that are going to need to be attended to back in Harris County,” said Auburn High’s Clay McCall told the newspaper. “He and his mother will be going back. You have to put family before the sport you play, and this is a situation where family needs to come before football.”
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Fanning played at Harris County as a freshman, Callaway (Ga.) as a sophomore, and Auburn High as a junior. Fanning played “sparingly for the [Auburn High School] during the semifinal run last year, subbing in mostly on passing downs and recording two sacks. His role on defense was expected to be much bigger this year, as he fully integrated into Auburn’s schemes.”
Auburn High football coach Tim Carter said Fanning was a “different player this spring,” beginning to realize his outstanding potential. Carter also told the News that there was no truth to the rumors that Fanning left the high school because of harassment from the community from committing to Alabama over the hometown favorite, Auburn University.
Will the transfer to a Georgia high school help out UGA with recruiting Fanning? Unlikely, but Fanning appears to be looking around a little bit. Fanning pledged to Alabama coach Nick Saban in April, but made an unofficial visit to Auburn last week, according to Rivals. He told the website that while he remains committed to the Crimson Tide, he wants to check out other schools. Fanning also considered UGA, Florida and Clemson, among his many offers.