Lloyd Tubman, a four-star defensive end, transferred to APSU for his sophomore year to play football.
Tubman, a Louisville native, had every intent to spend his four years at the University of Kentucky, but his plans fell through after a rape charge against him resulted in an indefinite suspension from the program, according to a statement from UK’s athletic department. He was cleared of the charge by a Lexington grand jury in February 2015, according to The Courier-Journal.
After a whirlwind of visits, commits, decommits and a National Signing Day letter of intent, Tubman found himself in Lexington, Kentucky in a Wildcat uniform.
According to 247Sports, Tubman committed and decommitted to Western Kentucky, Indiana University, Penn State and Vanderbilt University before committing to Kentucky.
In 2014, Tubman was not only ranked the No. 3 prospect, but was also part of the best class that in Kentucky’s recent year, according to SB Nation.
After being suspended from both the team and UK, Tubman took his talent to Athens, Texas at Trinity Valley Community College to play his freshman year.
According to The Leaf-Chronicle, APSU Head Coach Will Healy interviewed Tubman for eight hours and talked to every character witness he could find about Tubman before allowing him to step into Fortera Stadium in a Govs uniform.
“It was the most intense eight hour interview you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” Healy said to The Leaf-Chronicle. “Because we’ve worked so hard to clean up the perception of a program with the type of people that we have involved that I was not interested in doing anything to jeopardize that.”