Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine is the latest college football star to forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The decision comes less than 24 hours after the junior passed former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims to become the Sooners’ all-time leading rusher. Perine passed Sims with a 17 carry, 86 yard performance in the team’s 35-19 win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Monday night.
Perine finishes his Oklahoma career with 4,122 rushing yards.
The junior running back announced his intentions to declare for the NFL Draft with a statement on Instagram Tuesday morning.
“Playing for Oklahoma has been an incredible experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity and everyone who has been a part of it,” Perine wrote on Instagram. “That being said, after much consideration, I have decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
“Thank you to Coach Stoops, Coach Riley, Coach Boulware, Coach Gundy, and the rest of the coaching staff for always pushing me to be my best and allowing me to grow within the program. Thank you to my parents, family, friends and girlfriend for always being there for me. Thank you to all the fans who have me on as I’ve progressed through my career. I can’t express how much I appreciate all of your support these past three years. I hope to continue to make you all proud. Boomer!”
Perine joins a loaded draft class which includes the likes of Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey.
The Oklahoma star is currently projected as an early to mid-round pick.
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