Not long after UCLA’s Josh Rosen announced he has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft, his Pac-12 rival, USC’s Sam Darnold, followed suit and announced he will be forgoing his final years of eligibility to turn pro.
On Wednesday night, Darnold made the announcement in a video on social media.
“After talking to my immediate family, very close friends, and many people who have helped me throughout my life, I have made the decision to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft,” Darnold says in the video. “I have been blessed that my life has been full of memorable moments and wonderful people. The people who have been involved in making me the man I am today have prepared me for the life and decisions that I have to make in the future.
“”I want to thank you guys for everything that you have given me from Day 1. I love you guys and thank you so much for all of the support that you have shown me. Again, thank you Trojan family and thank you for everything. Fight On.”
The quarterback class now includes Darnold, Rosen, Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, who are all projected to be selected in the first-round.
During the 2017 campaign, Darnold threw for 4,1,43 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.