The fallout from USC football coach Steve Sarkisian’s unexpected indefinite absence continues, as the nation’s top tight end prospect has now backed out of a long-planned official visit to the Trojans in favor of Alabama.
As noted by Isaac Nauta himself on Twitter, the 6-foot-4, 237-pound IMG prospect has “flipped” his official visit from USC to Alabama, where he will take in the Crimson Tide’s forthcoming contest against LSU and Heisman Trophy frontrunner Leonard Fournette (the idea of “flipping” an official visit as opposed to a commitment is a new one, but that’s a subject for another blog post).
Nauta’s decision came hours after Sarkisian was reportedly sent home from USC practice and officially took an indefinite leave of absence. It remains to be seen how long he will be out, or if he will return this season. He joined U.S. Army All-American linebacker Daelin Hayes as moving away from the USC program in the hours after Sarkisian’s issues were brought to public attention.
When he does return, Sarkisian will have to rally to maintain as much of his recruiting class as he can, a scramble that will be made even harder as momentum against the program continues.