With Alabama searching high and low for quality defensive tackles, Freddie Saint Preux (6-5, 300) was a prime candidate to sign with the Tide. However, thanks to a conference rule intended to prevent transcript irregularities, that will not happen.
Rated among the Top 5 defensive tackle prospects in junior college, Saint Preux would have been a valuable addition to the Tide team. And the Brooklyn, New York native had clearly indicated in several published reports that he was very interested in playing for Alabama.
Referred to by some as the "Mississippi State" rule, the regulation requires that a football signee transferring in from junior college must have spent two consecutive years at a given JUCO before signing with an SEC school.
The rule specifically applies to athletes that were not fully eligible coming out of high school. It would not have the same effect on athletes that were eligible as true freshmen and then signed with a D-1 school, only to transfer to a junior college their second year.
(NOTE: That's precisely what happened with current Tide cornerback David Scott, who originally signed with North Carolina, then transferred and played one year at a junior college before transferring to Alabama.)
Saint Preux spent one year at a Division one school before transferring to Dodge City. Having redshirted one year, he still has three years to get in his three remaining seasons of eligibility. However, due to the conference regulation, Saint Preux will conclude his collegiate career at a non-SEC school.