Andre Smith Leaving for the NFL

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) --  Alabama All-American Andre Smith will forego his senior season and enter the NFL.  That's according to a statement released by a Montgomery law firm Saturday.

The release states, "Through much prayer and after counseling with his parents and his coach, University of Alabama offensive lineman and All-American Andre Smith today said he has decided to forego his last year of collegiate football eligibility. "

The Outland Trophy winner said, "I value deeply the opportunity I've had to play for such a prestigious program and to have the support of such a prolific coach in Nick Saban. After much consideration, I am proud to announce my intent to become eligible for the next National Football League draft. Alabama football will always hold a special place in my heart."

Louis Gillis with the law firm of Thomas, Means, Gillis, and Seay says Andre Smith did not talk to an agent prior to the Sugar Bowl and has not hired an agent.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban suspended Smith for the Sugar Bowl for violating team rules.