Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has
decided to forego his senior year to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, the
school confirmed on Thursday.
The junior wideout had one of the best seasons in school history in 2012,
racking up 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games.
Hopkins established Atlantic Coast Conference records for touchdown receptions
in a season, consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception (10) and
most games with a touchdown reception (12).
"It is tough to leave because this is my home, this is the place I wanted to
play since I came out of the womb," Hopkins said through the school. "But, I
feel it is best for me and my family to take my talents to the NFL at this
The South Carolina native leaves Clemson as the school's all-time leader in
touchdown receptions (27), 100-yard receiving games (12), and total reception
"He will make an outstanding professional," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney
said. "He has the best hands and ability to catch the ball in traffic I have
seen in a long time. He has done a lot for this program and we wish him much
success at the next level. We all look forward to following his progress."
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