Ronnie Harrison: Entering 2018 NFL Draft

Arnold Nichols
January 12, 2018

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama junior S Ronnie Harrison will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

The good news for Saban and the coaching staff is that leading rusher Damien Harris opted to come back despite posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. If he enters the draft, he'll finish his college career with 1,512 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

With Ridley off to the NFL, Alabama will likely turn to a talented crop of freshman receivers, including Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith, who caught the winning touchdown against Georgia.


Ridley made his announcement less than 48 hours after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game.

Harris is one of four Power 5 players in college football to have multiple runs of 70 years in 2017. For Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, it's a play he won't have a memory of, because he was using the restroom during it. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who went to the same high school as Tagovailoa, recognized his efforts, calling him a stud and saying he was proud of the young quarterback.

This was rather expected, as Ridley had very little left to prove at the collegiate level and is already on the older end of the spectrum for a receiving prospect at 23 years old. Instead, with everything he played a big part of, Ridley himself will go down as one of the most important players in Alabama Football history. After the Crimson Tide's win, UCF put a billboard up in Tuscaloosa challenging Alabama to a home-and-home series.

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