TUSCALOOSA — Turns out Saivion Smith needed only one year at Alabama to get ready for the next level.
The Alabama junior cornerback, who transferred in last January from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, announced his intentions to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL draft with a post over social media.
"The past 3 years have been quite the journey — LSU, MGCCC, to the greatest school in the world, Alabama. It's been an honor and privelege to play at Alabama this season," Smith wrote in part on a picture message posted to his personal Twitter account Saturday afternoon. "Even though this was a tough decision, I have decided to forego my senior season and will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Roll Tide."
Smith becomes the fifth Alabama underclassmen from this year's team to declare for the NFL, joining junior running back Josh Jacobs, junior tight end Irv Smith Jr., junior offensive tackle Jonah Williams and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Underclassmen have until Monday to declare their intentions to enter the 2019 draft.
Smith led the Crimson Tide with three interceptions this season, which included him opening the season as a starter, losing that starting spot to five-star freshman Patrick Surtain Jr. three games into the season, and then regaining it after a midseason foot injury to fellow junior cornerback Trevon Diggs. Diggs announced Wednesday his intention to return to the team, as did junior defensive end Raekwon Davis.
Alabama junior safety Deionte Thompson and junior linebacker Mack Wilson are the only two Crimson Tide underclassmen who have not formally announced whether they are returning.