**UPDATE**: All four have decided to enter the NFL draft. Best of luck to them and as always, ROLL TIDE!
At some point later today we will find out who will be entering the NFL draft between Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Cyrus Kouandjio, Adrian Hubbard and Jeoffrey Pagan.
Hubbard was in the news (at least on twitter) last night when reports surfaced that he would in fact be entering the draft.
However, Hubbard had something to say about the accuracy of that "decision".
"Alabama is where I want to be, Alabama has never set me in the wrong direction. I've had my best memories here," Hubbard said from his locker after the Crimson Tide's 45-31 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. "I'm looking forward to making my decision on the 8th with coach. I haven't thought about anything since the loss to Auburn. When we lost to Auburn, that kind of just took everything from me"
Honestly Hubbard has likely reached his ceiling at 'Bama and considering he's already graduated, he'd gain little by coming back for his senior year. He has two rings and was a starter on the 2012 national championship defense. Hubbard is a versatile linebacker that could also play defensive end in the right system.
In my opinion, Ha Ha is as good as gone and 'Bama fans should be looking towards his replacement. I hope I'm wrong but I think it's best to wish him luck...
CyKo and Pagan, however, are different stories. Cyrus was projected as a 1st rounder by many in the pre-season but after last Thursday night his draft stock was expected to fall. However, after looking around at a few draft projections, Kouandjio is still listed in the top half of the first round. With FSU's OT Cam Irving returning for his senior season, Cyrus' draft stock may never be higher. If that is true, go get money, big guy.
Pagan is the guy who would seemingly gain the most by an additional year at 'Bama. Unless his draft grade is 2nd round or higher (which I see no one putting him in the 1st round) why not return to 'Bama and increase your chances at more money? He only started one year (2013) and ranked 7th on the team in solo tackles, tied for 7th in tackles for loss and 9th in total tackles.
This isn't to say Pagan isn't a great player but an additional year as a starter could pay huge dividends for him in where he gets drafted. But just like with Cyrus, if he feels this is his best opportunity to cash in on the NFL, go get yours.
A bit of recruiting news this morning...
Humphrey had originally planned to take an official visit to Florida State that weekend but will now likely visit the Seminoles the weekend of February 1, the final weekend available for official visits before National Signing Day on February 5. Humphrey will take his official visit to Alabama, his other finalist, on the weekend of January 24.
We are likely looking at a NSD announcement for Humphrey who is considered by many to be a strong FSU lean. With 5-Star corner Tony Brown enrolling this past Tuesday it wouldn't surprise me if Marlon spurned his daddy's old stomping ground and chose the Seminoles. We could certainly use Humphrey to help solidify our cornerbacks for the next four years but all we can do at this point is hope for the best.