Iowa football star Josh Jackson is set to go pro.
On Wednesday morning, the star defensive back took to social media to announce he will forgo his final year of college eligibility to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Jackson, who led the Hawkeyes with eight interceptions this season, is widely regarded as one of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft class.
He is a projected first-round pick.
“I have been blessed with the opportunity to play at the University of Iowa in front of the best fans in the world. Coming to Iowa City was the best decision of my life. To the academic, training, strength and coaching staffs who have been behind me every step of the way – thank you for pushing me everyday to be the best student-athlete I could be,” Jackson wrote. “After discussing with my coaches, family, and a lot of prayer, I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
“I cannot thank Coach Parker, Coach Ferentz & Coach Doyle enough for the opportunity to wear the Black and Gold, and all of their support in growing me into the man, and Hawkeye, I am today. To all of the loyal fans, thank you for being there for me and this team through every up and down, and for your unwavering support. And to all of my Hawkeye teammates, the memories we’ve made on and off the field will last forever. We will always be brothers.”
The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.