The Clemson Tigers will be losing wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the 2013 NFL Draft, after he decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility to make the move to the pros. Hopkins made the announcement on his Twitter page on Thursday:
It’s been one hell of a ride tiger nation but I’m takin my talents to the next level #nfl
— Deandre Hopkins (@Nukdabomb) January 10, 2013
Hopkins ended his Clemson career on a high note after helping to lead the Tigers to a win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl over LSU. Hopkins hauled in 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He broke the Clemson single-season record for catches.
It was a perfect end to his college career and an incredible junior campaign. To make Hopkins’ Chick-fil-A Bowl performance more impressive, the LSU defense featured two underclassmen — Eric Reid and Tharold Simon — who have also declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.
On the season, Hopkins caught 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged an amazing 17.1 yards per catch.
Hopkins was considered the fourth-rated wide receiver in the 2014 class and he will hope to keep a high standing in this year’s class. Listed at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Hopkins has the size necessary to attract the attention of NFL scouts.
You can stay up to date with the latest underclassmen declarations with our 2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declarations Tracker.