Alabama consistently gets the top high school players in the nation, so it’s no surprise when many of those players only last three years in college before turning pro.
On Friday, RB Josh Jacobs, DL Quinnen Williams, OL Jonah Williams and TE Irv Smith Jr. were all faced with the decision to return for a senior year or declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
During a press conference, both Williamses and Jacobs announced they were forgoing their 2019 seasons and turning pro:
— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) January 11, 2019
TE Irv Smith Jr. was not in attendance because fellow Alabama TE Hale Hentges is getting married and Smith is in the wedding. However, he also declared for the draft:
— Irvin Smith Jr. (@swervinirvin_) January 11, 2019
These guys will be tough to replace, but that’s the nature of the business. Nick Saban gets so many top players because he sends so many top players to the NFL.
Next year, it’s safe to say more juniors will leave early to pursue their professional dreams.