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Alabama commitment LaMichael Fanning leaves Harris County football team

Alabama commitment LaMichael Fanning, considered one of the nation’s top high school defensive linemen, has left the Harris County football team, Harris County athletics director Bryce Robinson confirmed Wednesday night.

Fanning (6-foot-7, 285 pounds), was suspended last week for violating an undisclosed team rule, Robinson said, and missed Friday’s game against Upson-Lee, which Harris County (3-5) lost 3-0.

“He was told if he wanted to be part of the team to be back at practice Monday,” said Robinson, who added that Fanning also wasn’t at practice Tuesday or Wednesday. “He didn’t show up. That’s all I can say.”

Harris County coach Tommy Parks didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

Asked whether Fanning would be allowed back on the team if he wanted to return, Robinson said, “Not at this point. He missed three days of practice.”

Fanning still is attending school at Harris County, Robinson said, but it’s unclear how his departure from the football team, first reported by Jamie Newberg of ESPN Recruiting, would affect his commitment to Alabama. Fanning is among the ESPNU 150 and rated the No. 16 high school defensive end in the country.

“We wish him the best,” Robinson said.