Terrion Arnold, Kool-Aid McKinstry reportedly decide on future with remaining Alabama eligibility
Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry are reportedly moving on.
ESPN’s Chris Low shared that both Alabama standout defensive backs are declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft. It won’t be a completely new-look secondary, though, as Malachi Moore has left the Tide staff know he’s returning.
Alabama CBs Kool-Aid McKinstry and Terrion Arnold plan to enter the 2024 NFL draft and won’t return to the Crimson Tide next season, sources tell ESPN. However, starting LB Deontae Lawson and starting DB Malachi Moore have told coaches they plan to return.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 4, 2024
Arnold leaves Tuscaloosa after 3 seasons. Following a redshirt season in 2021, Arnold was named Freshman All-American by the FWAA and Freshman All-SEC by the league coaches after recording 45 tackles and 8 pass breakups in 11 games, making starts.
Arnold solidified a starting corner spot as a redshirt sophomore in 2023. He was named first-team All-SEC by the conference coaches and a first-team All-American by the AP for his standout season. Arnold tied for the SEC league lead with 16 passes defended.
McKinstry was also with the Tide for 3 seasons. He arrived in 2021 and earned Freshman All-SEC Team recognition as a 15-game contributor. He was a first-team All-SEC and second-team All-America selection as a sophomore, recording 35 tackles and a career-high 16 passes defended with 1 interception.
This past season, McKinstry logged 32 tackles and 7 passes defended over 14 games. He was named first-team All-American (Associated Press, Sporting News) and first-team All-SEC (AP, coaches).