On Friday, four Alabama players announced they'd be turning pro during a press conference held by the school. Since that time, three more players have decided to leave early for a future in the NFL.

The latest was linebacker Mack WIlson. The junior thanked the team and staff in a message he shared on Twitter Sunday.

Wilson's announcement comes after defensive backs Deionte Thompson and Saivion Smith both decided to forego their final season in Tuscaloosa. That now means that Alabama will lose a total of seven players that could have been a part of the 2019 team. As Ben Jones points out, that's the most the program will have lost in a single season. Nick Saban had to replace five early departures in 2014 and 2018.

Once Friday ended, it looked like the Crimson Tide secondary might be in great shape a year after having to replace every starter in the secondary. The good news is that Trevon Diggs will return from injury and should give Alabama a pair of cornerbacks that could become elite players in the SEC next season.

Much like last year, this offseason will be all about turnover and new faces. Alabama already lost four assistant coaches on offense so integrating everyone into the program will be a key part of spring practice, which will begin in March. Stay tuned to Tide 102.9 and 100.9 for complete coverage and discussion of this and all Alabama football news.

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