Utah offensive tackle Garrett Bolles is set to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft after just one season in Salt Lake City.
On Wednesday night, the 24-year-old left tackle who transferred to Utah from the junior college level announced his intentions to turn pro with a statement on social media.
“This was an extremely difficult decision — playing in the NFL has been one of my ultimate goals and I believe it’s time to pursue it and provide for my family. To my wife, Natalie, and the rest of my family, thank you for guiding me to this point,” Bolles wrote. “I also want to thank my teammates, I’ll miss suiting up next to them and playing for the U.
“Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure. I am a better person today because of my time here and I am blessed for the opportunities that were provided to my family and me. For all of the fans who have cheered us on this year, know that no matter where I go I will forever be a Ute. A Utah man am I!”
— Garett Bolles (@gbolles72) January 5, 2017
Bolles, a Pac-12 all-conference honoree, is widely regarded as one of the top left tackles in the nation.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks Bolles as the No. 3 draft-eligible player at his position, while Pro Football Focus rated him as the best run-blocking tackle in the nation during the 2016 campaign.
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