With three Alabama players all having declared for the NFL Draft — WR Calvin Ridley, RB Bo Scarbrough and DL Da’Ron Payne, the attention turned to junior RB Damien Harris.

According to AL.com, Harris has made the surprising decision to return to school in 2018. He led all Alabama rushers with 1,000 yards and 11 TDs in 2017. He’s also rushed for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, scoring 14 TDs during his three-year career.

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Harris could have easily gone pro, and no one would have faulted him for it. The shelf life of NFL RBs is very shot; so, this decision is somewhat surprising, but it’s huge news for Alabama and its offense.

Harris, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs return as one of the best trios in college football. Add in talented and physical Brian Robinson, the Tide’s backfield will be loaded once again.