Reports: Alabama junior running back Josh Jacobs turning pro

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Tackle Jonah Williams and tight end Irv Smith also expected to leave Crimson Tide early

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama junior running back Josh Jacobs has made a decision regarding football future, and it's in line with what most people expected.

With his draft stock likely to never be higher, Jacobs will announce on Friday that he's leaving school a year early and heading to the National Football League.

Also expected to declare themselves eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft are left tackle Jonah Williams, nose tackle Quinnen Williams, junior tight end Irv Smith Jr. and possibly others.

Both linemen are expected to be first-round selections, while Smith set the Alabama single-season record for tight ends with 710 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs have already announce their intention to return.

Although senior Damien Harris was considered Alabama's starting running back, Jacobs had a regular role in the backfield and finished the season with 640 rushing yards on 120 carries (5.3 average) and a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns, He also caught 20 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns.’s Matt Zenitz was first to report Jacobs' decision.

However, Jacobs took issue with the report:

Alabama will hold a press conference for players to announce their intentions public at 10 a.m., Friday, at the Mal Moore Athletic Facility.

This story was updated following new information Thursday night.