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SportCB Smith is 5th Alabama player to declare for 2019 draft

02:56  13 january  2019
02:56  13 january  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Smith becomes the fifth Alabama underclassmen from this year's team to declare for the NFL, joining junior running back Josh Jacobs, junior tight end Irv Smith Jr., junior offensive tackle Jonah Williams and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Alabama defensive back Saivion Smith

Alabama has other standout players who haven't announced their plans yet. That group includes safety Deionte Thompson, a projected first-round pick Jacobs and Smith are also listed as potential late first-rounders in at least one mock draft . Jacobs was a diverse threat for the Tide on offense and.

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Friday, Alabama confirmed that four Crimson Tide football players were headed to the NFL.  This weekend, a fifth joined that quartet.

On his personal Twitter account Saturday, Saivion Smith wrote that, “[e]ven though this was a tough decision, I have decided to forego my senior season and will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.” The cornerback joins running back Josh Jacobs, tight end Irv Smith Jr., offensive lineman Jonah Williams and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams as Crimson Tide players who have made such decisions thus far.

Smith began his collegiate career as a four-star member of LSU’s 2016 signing class, but transferred in late May of 2017 and spent that season at a Mississippi junior college.  In December of 2017, he announced he would be transferring back to the SEC as a member of Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class.

In his lone season with the Crimson Tide, Smith started 12 games and led the team in interceptions with three.

The Tide’s early personnel losses might not be over as at least one other player, star safety Deionte Thompson, is rumored to be doing a heavy lean toward declaring.  The deadline for such declarations, incidentally, is Monday, Jan. 14.

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