After a long, nervous wait, DeAndre Hopkins is a Texan.
Houston, with the 27th pick of the NFL draft, selected Clemson's star wide receiver, who had been courted, and then passed on, by the St. Louis Rams in favor of West Virginia's Tavon Austin.
It was undoubtedly a nerve-wracking evening for Hopkins, who emerged last season as one of college football's top pass-catchers.
"He's going to be a special player, whoever gets him," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney earlier on Thursday.
In joining the Texans, Hopkins becomes a member of an already-strong team looking to add to its playmaking ability.
At Houston, the former Daniel High star will have a Clemson connection in Jamey Rootes, a former Clemson soccer player and student body president who is now president of the NFL club and responsible for its business operations.
On Thursday, Swinney talked about his hopes for Hopkins realizing his dream as an NFL first-rounder.
"What I said was that it he could be a first-rounder, he should go...if he was second round or below, then I felt he would be going at a discount, because I believed he has first-round talent," Swinney said.
"I'm really pleased with how this process has gone. He's worked out well and he's controlled everything that he could control. He ran what I thought he would run, and his film is tremendous, as we all know. He's had good interviews, and he's smart."
Swinney initially expressed concerns about Hopkins decision to pass up his senior season at Clemson and enter the NFL draft.
"My concern a few month ago was him going the other way and not being a first-round guy, and in my opinion, he's the best receiver in the country," Swinney said. "I was concerned because of so many juniors coming out, and he got a second-round grade. Most of the time, when you get a second-round grade, you may drop a round.
"What he told me was 'coach, I feel like I can improve my stock and have a chance to be a first-rounder."
In the end, Hopkins made it happen.