Alabama lineman Da'Ron Payne leaving early for the NFL

Jessica Allison
January 12, 2018

Former Monarch star receiver Calvin Ridley declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday, two days after capping his junior year with a second national title in three years at Alabama.

Ridley posted a statement via Twitter thanking a number people for helping him prepare for his transition.

Alabama players talk about winning a fifth national title in nine years under Nick Saban.

See Ridley's full statement below.

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Leading rusher Damien Harris has made a decision to return for his senior season, according to a report from, citing unnamed sources. In three seasons, Scarbrough combined to rush for 1,512 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 596 rushing yards and eight scores this past season as Damien Harris' backup. He had 63 catches for 967 yards while no other wide receiver caught more than 14 balls. He had six tackles against Georgia, while his performance against Clemson included an interception and a touchdown reception. He was named the defensive MVP of both the Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff National Championship.

Ridley's 224 career receptions also ranks second in program history behind Amari Cooper's 228, while his 2,781 career receiving yards ranks third behind DJ Hall (2,923) and Cooper (3,463).

If you just took Bo Scarbrough in a vacuum, you'd say he is a first-rounder, but the reality is, as a running back, there have been times where he's not been 100 percent. Harris is the sixth Alabama running back with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, joining Johnny Musso, Bobby Humphrey, Shaun Alexander, Kenneth Darby and T.J. Yeldon.

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