Texas A&M football star Christian Kirk will not return to College Station in 2018.
On Tuesday afternoon, the junior wide receiver announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. It was an expected decision for the projected first-round pick.
Kirk announced his decision in a statement on social media.
“It’s time for the next step,” Kirk wrote. “With great excitement and appreciation, I’m announcing my intention to declare for the NFL Draft. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
During the 2017 campaign, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound pass catcher hauled in 71 receptions for 919 yards and ten touchdowns. Throughout his career in College Station, Kirk recorded 234 catches, 2,856 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.