Sources: Robert Lester staying

Alabama junior safety Robert Lester told coaches Wednesday he will stay in school instead of going for the NFL draft, sources said.

Lester, 6-feet-2, 210 pounds, strongly considered the draft.

Running back Trent Richardson, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker Dont'a Hightower all are leaning heavily toward entering the draft, sources said.

Lester had 32 tackles and two interceptions this season.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.