T oday four members of the Crimson Tide football team announced their intentions to forego their senior seasons in favor of the 2014 NFL Draft.
To no one’s surprise, safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix made the decision to leave. Dix is a strong 1st round projection, as is left tackle Cyrus Koundjio. Here’s hoping someone teaches Koundjio how to pass block a rush end at the next level.
Perhaps more of a head scratcher were the decisions of linebackers Adrian Hubbard and Jeoffrey Pagan. Hubbard has already graduated, while Pagan still has classwork to complete to earn his degree. Hubbard, who seemed to make a living playing out of position and taking horrible pursuit angles at all the wrong times, seemed to benefit from another year of work in Tuscaloosa.
Nick Saban has made it well-known through the years that if a player projects in the first round they need to go. Hubbard and Pagan project no earlier than mid to late 3rd rounds.
However, the 3rd round was enough to pull Auburn’s Tre Mason away from the plains. The SEC’s leading rusher last year, Mason also broke B-B-B-B-o Jackson’s Auburn rushing record as well. Mason joins left tackle Greg Robinson as Auburn under classman making the push to get paid legally.
Under Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has placed 14 players in the first round of the NFL draft, with as many as four more possibly making that claim this April. Which is why top talent continues to make its way to Tuscaloosa…
As four move out eight move in
In the meantime the University announced the arrival and enrollment of eight early enrollees who will be eligible to participate in spring practice.
The January enrollees include defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), quarterback David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North), linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala./Carver), safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), defensive lineman D.J. Pettway (Pensacola, Fla./East Mississippi CC/Catholic), defensive lineman Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC/Goldsboro), offensive lineman Cameron “Cam” Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and wide receiver Cameron “Cam” Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish).
All of Bama’s early enrollees are at least four-star prospects with Robinson and Brown unanimous five-star prospects. Robinson is the consensus No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2014 signing class, the No. 2 player overall by Scout.com and No. 3 by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com. Brown is the nation’s No. 1 cornerback by Scout.com and the No. 3 cornerback by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.
Cornwell is the ranked as the No. 4 pro-style passing quarterback by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com while Jones is rated as the No. 2 safety by ESPN.com and Sims is the No. 8 wide receiver by ESPN. Hamilton is ranked as the No. 6 inside linebacker by Rivals.com and ESPN. Pettway and Reed both inked with Alabama in December and are among the top 20 junior college player in the 2014 class by 247Sports.com.