Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is heading to the NFL.
Thompson announced Friday on Instagram that he is bypassing his senior season.
After long discussion with my family and coaches I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. I would like to thank my family, teammates, Coach Smart and the rest of the staff for all of their support the last 3 years. Coming to Athens was the best decision of my life and the memories and friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime. Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine and I’m excited to see what the future holds. Even though I’m moving on to the next chapter, Georgia will always be home! I certainly want to thank the greatest fans in the country for their passion and support! Thank you Jolly Nation and Go Dawgs!!
“Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine and I’m excited to see what the future holds,” he wrote.
Thompson (6 feet 4, 295 pounds) finishes his career with 127 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and three passes defended. He left Georgia during the spring semester of 2017 to deal with a personal matter, and his junior season wasn’t as good as his sophomore campaign, when he had five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He started just three games this season.
He alluded to the chance that he could come back in a December Instagram post. But during Georgia’s playoff run, he said he was thinking about his future options.
Thompson, from Albany, Ga., was the nation’s consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Junior linebacker Roquan Smith, who won the Butkus Award, is the only other Georgia underclassmen expected to turn pro, though cornerback Deandre Baker also could be mulling it over.
If Smith follows Thompson into the draft, that means Georgia will return just fulltime four defensive starters next season.
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