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Another big name is turning pro

You can bet several NFL defensive coordinators are excited about the decision. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This January 11, 2010, 04:11 PM EST

It’s official. Rolando McClain is turning pro.

The Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker announced at a press conference on Monday afternoon that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2010 NFL Draft.

McClain was a member of head coach Nick Saban’s first recruiting class at Alabama and started at linebacker all seasons he was with the Crimson Tide.

The junior from Decautur, Alabama recorded a team-best 105 tackles this season for an Alabama team that went 14-0 and defeated the Texas Longhorns 37-21 on January 7 to win the BCS Championship.

“I’m going to leave the University pretty satisfied with what I’ve done here,” McClain told reporters on Monday.

And you can bet several NFL teams are very excited about McClain’s decision. He was a consensus All-American and won the Butkus Award in 2009.

Many NFL experts are projecting McClain as a first-round talent.

Here is what NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting has to say about McClain:

"McClain possesses a rare combination of size and overall athletic ability for the position. He generates impressive power as a tackler and consistently is able to wrap-up in space. Displays a great overall feel for the game and exhibits a real nose for the football. Looks like an instant impact type prospect at the next level."

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