Tide's Coffee going pro, Wildcats' Johnson staying

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Now that I'm back from South Florida (Geez, I already miss that weather), here's a quick update on a couple of SEC players and their NFL plans.

Alabama running back Glen Coffee said he will give up his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Meanwhile, Kentucky middle linebacker Micah Johnson has decided to stay for his senior season, which is a coup for the Wildcats' defense. They were already losing senior linebackers Braxton Kelley and Johnny Williams.

As for Coffee's turning pro, I'm not too sure about that one. He had a great year this season, no doubt. And I love how hard he runs, but there are a lot of backs just like him at the next level. I don't think he will be drafted very high, but I'm sure helping his family played a large role in this decision.

He probably also figured that his stock would never be higher. The Crimson Tide are going to always alternate running backs under Nick Saban, and Mark Ingram will be back for his sophomore season next year. Alabama is also bringing in one of the top running back prospects in the country in Trent Richardson of Pensacola, Fla.

The talk coming out of the Florida camp early Friday morning following the 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game was that Tim Tebow may announce his future plans during the team's celebration this weekend in Gainesville, which is good news for the Gators.

Everybody I talked with after the game in Miami felt like Tebow was coming back, and I agree. Outgoing offensive coordinator Dan Mullen said the only way Tebow would come out is if he's going to go in the first round, and nobody expects Tebow to get a first-round grade from the NFL draft advisory committee.

I would be very surprised if Percy Harvin returns for his senior season, and I'd say linebacker Brandon Spikes is about 50-50. It doesn't sound like Spikes got a first-round grade. So we'll see.

Two others to watch in the SEC are Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy and LSU offensive tackle Ciron Black. Of the two, I'd say Hardy is more likely to turn pro.