DeMarcco Hellams completed his third season at Alabama in 2021. On Friday, Hellams shared that he plans to return for a fourth season in Tuscaloosa.

Hellams shared the news in a note posted to his Instagram account:

“These past three years at Alabama have been special to me. I’ve worked with some of the best coaches and staff that have helped mold me into a better player and a better person. I’ve also gotten to play with teammates that will be lifelong friends and made memories on the field that I will never forget.

“But when I chose to come to the University of Alabama, I had three goals — get my degree, be a leader for my teammates, and win multiple championships. I still need time to take care of all three, and I can only do so by staying one more year. I can’t leave now, knowing that I didn’t stay true to my goals.

“I realize that staying for my senior season provides me with the best opportunity to grow as a player, as a student and as a man. This season did not finish how we would have liked. We have unfinished business to take care of in 2022.”

The unfinished business portion of Hellams’ note was in bold. Fellow returning starters D.J. Dale and Henry To’o To’o also mentioned “unfinished business” in their announcements Friday.

Hellams suffered a lower leg injury in fall camp, which limited his playing time early in the 2021 campaign. He still managed 3 interceptions, which was tied for the Crimson Tide team lead and ranked fifth in the SEC. Hellams recorded 87 tackles on the season, third on the team, including 2.5 for loss.