CornerbackSaivion Smithwill enter the 2019 NFL draft in deserve to return to Alabama for his senior season. He made the announcement in a put up to his Twitter profile.
— 4WAY (@Saivion_1k) January 12, 2019
He began 12 video games for the Crimson Tide at cornerback, finishing sixth on the crew with 60 tackles and posting a crew-high three interceptions.
He opened the season as a starter, then was once benched within the third game all over Alabama’s get rid of over Ole Miss on Sept. 15. Smithreturned to the starting up lineupwithin the seventh game of the season when starting up cornerbackTrevon Diggsbroke his foot in opposition to Arkansas.
He’ll be the finest a part of the Crimson Tide’s secondary with starting up skills that won’t be assist. Diggs played the first six video games as a starter sooner than his injury, but opted to advance assist for his senior year. Freshman Patrick Surtain II began the final 11 video games of the season.
Cornerback could also were a crowded enlighten on the depth chart with Josh Jobe returning for his sophomore season and redshirt freshman Jalyn Armour-Davis ready to play after suffering a season-ending injury early in 2018. It can perchance restful remain a energy of the roster even with Smith’s departure.
Starting up securityXavier McKinneywill be a junior. Redshirt juniorDeionte Thompsoncould also return as smartly.Shyheim Carter, who played nickel, will be a senior andJared Mayden, who got right here on within the dime bundle, moreover returns.
Smith was once a 5-star recruit in highschool who selected LSU out of IMG Academy in Florida, but left Baton Rouge after his freshman season. He spent 2017 at a Mississippi junior college sooner than transferring to Alabama with the signing class of 2018. He was once certainly among the nation’s top junior college recruits and the No. 1 junior college defensive assist.
Alabama presented on Friday thatfour underclassmenwould be leaving for the NFL, including defensive linemanQuinnen Williams.
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