USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft after three seasons with the Trojans.
One of the nation’s most talented pass catchers is leaving his college career behind to pursue the pros.
On Saturday night, USC wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. In three seasons, Smith-Schuster caught 213 passes for 3,092 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He released a statement, explaining his decision to Trojans fans everywhere.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for all the incredible blessings he has given me. Without him, there is no way I could be in this position.
After discussing with my family and coaches, I have decided to take the next step in chasing my dreams and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. This was a very difficult decision to make. I have loved my time at USC and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Playing for USC was truly a dream come true, and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in three years.
I poured my heart and soul onto the field for you all, the Trojan family, to make you proud and bring USC back to where we are supposed to be. I am honored to say that I was able to finish my career at USC by helping bring a Rose Bowl back to our university. I am confident this program is in a great place and can soon bring home a national championship.
I don’t feel at all like I am leaving USC. USC will always be a big part of me, a time I will never forget and a place that will always be my home. The experience I had here was so special because of the love and support you showed me and my family, all the way from when I was at Long Beach Poly HS to my time at USC. But, I can’t wait to chase my dreams in the NFL and support my family at the next step of my life. I pray the Trojan family will always remember me and support me through the rest of my journey.”
Smith-Schuster began the year as a projected first-round pick. While he is no longer considered a top-15 pick, he is still worthy of a first-round grade and to be one of the first wide receivers drafted.
If he does slip past the first round, Smith-Schuster won’t last long in the second round, as someone will jump at the chance to draft him.