Nick Saban / NFL Draft Announcement Open Thread

Nick Saban has scheduled a press conference today at noon in Tuscaloosa, where it is expected that Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus, and Julio Jones will all declare their intentions to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. The Tuscaloosa News is providing a live video stream of the event:

Marcell Dareus is already gone, that is largely official at this point, given that Chase Goodbread reported last night that he has already entered into an agreement with an agent. Everyone expects Ingram to leave as well, and while we don't have any official reports of Julio Jones expressly entering into an agreement with an agent, for whatever reason the general consensus is nevertheless that he is a goner as well.

One way or the other, you can watch the video here, and we'll update accordingly as things are announced.

Live Updates

12:06: Nick Saban: We still have (other) guys that are trying to make decisions.

12:09: Mark Ingram announces he will enter the NFL Draft, "It is time for me to enter the NFL."

12:11: Marcell Dareus, as expected, will enter the NFL Draft.

12:13: Julio Jones is NFL bound... "I'm coming out too."

12:14: No real surprise here, but Dont'a Hightower announces that he will return as a senior.

12:15: No word on the specifics of who may still be considering leaving early, but fairly obvious it's probably some combination of Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw, and Marquis Maze.

12:34: From Gentry Estes, "[Mark] Barron is wavering, I believe, despite injury." Fingers crossed that he returns, for our sake and his.

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