TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football had 5 juniors announce their intentions to enter a NFL breeze on Thursday afternoon.
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive behind Minkah Fitzpatrick, using behind Bo Scarbrough, defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne and reserve Ronnie Harrison will all abandon their final deteriorate of eligibility to follow veteran dreams.
Ridley, Fitzpatrick, Harrison and Payne were members of Alabama’s prolific 2015 class. The organisation leaves with dual inhabitant championships (2015, 2017) and dual SEC titles (2015, 2016).
Fitzpatrick, Scarbrough and Harrison attended a news discussion on Thursday. Ridley and Payne couldn’t make it, though Alabama manager Nick Saban reliable that they’re going pro.
“I adore that so many a players come behind for a games,” Saban said, removing emotional. “It gets a small swarming on a sideline, and we always wish to put them in a game. … I’ll wish to put these guys in a diversion one day, too.”
Ridley is deliberate by many to be a tip receiver in this breeze class. Fitzpatrick has been mentioned as going as high as a tip five.
The good news for Alabama fans is that pivotal juniors Damien Harris and Isaiah Buggs are returning for one some-more season.
Harris, a Crimson Tide’s tip using back, is usually a second actor in propagandize story to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (T.J. Yeldon, 2012, 2013).
He earnings to a backfield that will be high on talent with guys such as Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson. But a organisation will be low on experience. Harris’ care will be large for a offense, that is losing standouts such as Bradley Bozeman, Cam Sims, Robert Foster and Ridley.
Harris finished a deteriorate with 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 135 carries.
Buggs should close in one of a tip defensive line spots along with rising youth Raekwon Davis. Buggs, a youth college transfer, flashed down a widen in his initial deteriorate in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama loses Payne and Da’Shawn Hand (senior), though removing Buggs behind should assistance with care and depth. Buggs finished a deteriorate with 51 tackles, including 4 for loss, and 1 1/2 sacks. He combined 7 quarterback hurries.