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Alabama DE Jonathan Allen
New Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt got great news upon arriving back in Tuscaloosa, when stud defensive end Jonathan Allen passed on the chance to jump to the NFL to return to school for his senior season.
That's way better than recruiting a 5-star freshman. After all, Allen—a 6'3", 283-pound monster with cat-like quickness—notched 36 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks during Alabama's national title run in 2015.
He'll be joined in the Crimson Tide front seven with stars such as "Sam" linebacker Ryan Anderson, "Jack" Tim Williams, middle linebackers Reuben Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton and a defensive line that includes Daron Payne, Dalvin Tomlinson, Da'Shawn Hand and others.
The Crimson Tide return valuable members of the secondary, including safety Eddie Jackson and corners Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey.
Defense won't be an issue in Tuscaloosa.
But you've probably heard that before.
Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics are courtesy of CFBStats.com, and recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.
Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.