Deontay Burnett, USC’s leading receiver in 2017, is forgoing his senior season in favor of the NFL Draft.
The junior wideout announced the decision in a tweet on Monday.
“After sitting down with my mother, father and family evaluating my future, I have decided to forego my senior season at USC and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. The NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine and I feel I am ready to take on this next challenge in my life,” it read in part.
To God Be the Glory.. pic.twitter.com/LRyKPzlPQW
— Deontay Burnett (@Deontay_Burnett) January 8, 2018
Burnett, 20, had a breakout season for the Trojans, finishing with 86 catches for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns.
In three years at USC, he amassed 152 catches for 1,897 yards and 16 scores.
He becomes the third key offensive player to leave the program early since the end of the Trojans’ season. Quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones II have also declared for the draft.
USC capped its 11-3 season in 2017 with a 24-7 loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. Burnett had 12 catches for 139 yards in the loss.
–Field Level Media