if I remember correctly, both Hightower and Barron came back another year due to some injury concerns and it paid off huge for those Alabama defenses, as well as their draft status. Hightower was a late 1st rounder and Barron was a top 10 pick.
[rant: not directed at you but at the narrative]
I'm not a fan of talking about players and their lives while they are attending Bama. NML, and his dailance with a player girlfriend was something I knew about when he was here but not something I talked about until he left. DJ Hall, and the academic plagiarism and cheating when he was in school...didn't mention it until he left.
I'm glad you brought him up.
I won't be watching the presser: good either way. But based on the conversations yesterday I'm with you.