Texas football star Malik Jefferson is ready to turn pro.
On Sunday afternoon, the Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-American announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility to officially declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
It was an expected decision.
Jefferson’s decision comes following the team’s win over Misouri in the Texas Bowl which took the Longhorns’ record to 7-6 on the year.
“This is one of those decisions I have to make as a young man,” Jefferson said in the video.
“It’s been a long process and a very difficult decision by leaving my teammates. They supported me in everything I did, but it’s a dream of mine and I appreciate them for all their support.”
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) December 31, 2017
During his final year at Texas, Jefferson led the Longhorn in tackles with 110 while adding four sacks.
Jefferson, one of the top defenders in the nation, is widely regarded as a high first-round pick.