Will he stay or will he go?
The questions surrounding the NFL draft have faced Alabama junior Trent Richardson all fall as he stockpiled awards and records.
A consensus first-round pick according to draft experts, Richardson turned heads after the Nov. 19 win over Georgia Southern when he hinted at a return for his senior year.
He offered a clarification Monday.
“I am classified to come for a whole ’nother year, but I’m going to see how that goes,” Richardson said. “I’m going to sit down with coach and my mom after the last game of the season and see what’s best for me and my family and see what’s best for the team.”
Following the Georgia Southern game, Richardson said he was “going to be here for a whole ‘nother year.
“I’m just ready to stay here and play football,” he said Nov. 19.
Asked about those comments after running for a career-high 203 yards in Saturday’s win over Auburn, Richardson said he has “a couple hours left to get my degree.”
“That’s nothing I’m worried about right now,” he said.
Alabama will have several draft-eligible juniors with the opportunity to leave school early for the pros. When asked if he’d like to trade places with LSU and play in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game, Tide coach Nick Saban mentioned the personnel issues without mentioning specific players.
“I got enough problems to deal with today. I’ve got guys getting ready to go out for the draft,” he said. “I’ve got guys that want to pick an agent.”
NFL Players Association rules allow agents to contact juniors after players’ final regular season game or Dec. 1, whichever comes first.
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