Clemson safety T.J. Green has announced on his Instagram that he will forego his senior season and is declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.
After careful thought & consideration, I have decided to forego my last year of eligibility at Clemson and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. My dream has always been to play in the NFL, and I feel like Clemson has prepared me for that opportunity. I am ready to take the next step in pursuing that dream. I am so thankful to all the coaches and support staff at Clemson for giving me the amazing opportunity to be a Tiger. Playing for Coach Swinney, Coach Reed, and Coach Venables has been an amazing experience and a huge blessing. I must also thank my teammates, my brothers, for this amazing journey and experience. Without them, I wouldn’t be in this position. Death Valley is an amazing environment, and Clemson fans are the best in the country. It was a huge honor to play for the Tigers, and I will cherish those memories forever. #ALLINFOREVER
A former four-star recruit from the Birmingham area, Green had his breakout season in 2015 and had 95 tackles with two forced fumbles. In his college career, he has 118 tackles, a sack and an interception to go with those forced fumbles. Thus, one would think that he would want to get another year of starter’s experience under his belt before making the jump to the pros.
But Green clearly wants to cash in on his hot season while his stock is high, with Clemson having just competed for a national championship. It’s not the most conventional decision, but Green is a strong enough athlete that he should at least turn some heads in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine next month.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from Green’s path to the pros!
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