In a series of tweets, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy raved about Alabama inside linebacker Henry To’oto’o. The rising senior was projected as a first-round pick in ESPN's early 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

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"Bunch of shifts & motions will confuse most college linebackers but it’s hard to fool Alabama ILB Henry To’oto’o," Nagy wrote. "Smart zone player has good feel for sorting threats, reading QB, and sniffing things out. Henry To'o To'o can also finish on the ball."

“Most instinctive linebackers have knack for disguising & timing blitzes and Alabama’s Henry To’oto’o is that guy," Nagy wrote.

“Not sure we’ve seen better pre-snap communicator or quicker reacting ILB in recent years than Alabama’s Henry To’oto’o,” Nagy stated.

To’oto’o transferred to Alabama in 2021 after spending two seasons at Tennessee. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Arkansas when he accounted for 13 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. For the season, To’oto’o tallied a team-high 113 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble, which earned him second-team All-SEC honors.

The California native decided to forgo the NFL draft and return to Tuscaloosa for his senior season. He joined Jordan Battle, DeMarcco Hellams and DJ Dale as players that elected to return to school for their final year.

When asked about his decision, To'oto'o had one goal in mind.

“Definitely losing the national championship game,” said To’oto’o. “That’s kind of my main goal. Being able to come back and finish things how I wanted. Just leave everybody happy. That’s the ultimate goal every single season. We chase perfection here. That’s kind of the main reason I wanted to come back."

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