DeAndre Hopkins announces NFL plans via Twitter

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a ball for a first down during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a ball for a first down during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Clemson junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins announced he will enter the NFL draft via Twitter Thursday night.

"It's been one hell of a ride tiger nation," Hopkins said. "But I'm takin my talents to the next level #nfl."

Hopkins told his teammates at a team meeting late Thursday afternoon.

"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," said Hopkins in a Clemson press release. "But, I feel it is best for me and my family to take my talents to NFL at this time.

"I have to thank the Clemson alumni, the fans, the coaches and my teammates for all the support they have given me through the good times and the bad. No matter what I will always be a Clemson Tiger."

He leaves Clemson with the career school records in touchdown receptions (27), receiving yards (3,020) and 100-yard receiving games (12), among more.

In 2012, the D.W. Daniel product had one of the best seasons in Clemson history from a receiving standpoint. He had 82 receptions for 1405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games. He established ACC records for touchdown receptions in a season, consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception (10) and most games with a reception touchdown (12).

He finished the season with 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's win over ninth-ranked LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, 25-24. His yardage total was a record for the 45-year old bowl game. He was named to a national All-Bowl team as selected by Sports Illustrated this week.

"Nuk was a big reason we won 11 games and reached a final number-10 national ranking," said head coach Dabo Swinney. "We have had many talks and he feels it is the best thing for him and his family. I fully support him in his decision.

"He will make an outstanding professional. 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."

Hopkins is second in total receptions with 206 for his 39 career games. The 191-yard game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl was his sixth 100-yard game of the year, tying the Clemson single season mark. He caught at least one pass in each of his last 36 games to tie Jerry Butler's (1975-78) record.

Hopkins also tied the Clemson mark for touchdown receptions in a game with three on two occasions this year, once against Ball State and once at Duke. Twice he scored three touchdowns in under nine minutes.

Hopkins was named first-team All-ACC and was a second-team All-America selection by Athlon, CBS Sports, Lindy's, Phil Steele and He was a third-team selection by Associated Press. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

Nationally, Hopkins ranked second in the nation in touchdown receptions and was fourth in receiving yardage.

Records Set by DeAndre Hopkins (14)

Game (3): Total receptions (13 vs. Auburn, LSU), touchdown receptions (^3 vs. Ball State, Duke), shortest time between touchdowns (7:47 vs. Duke).

Season (7): Touchdown receptions (#18), consecutive 100-yard games: (^3), 100-yard receiving games: (^6), receiving yards/game (108.1), total receiving yards (1405), consecutive games with a receiving touchdown (10), most games with TD catch (#12).

Career: (4): Touchdown receptions (27), 100-yard receiving games (12), receiving yards (3,020), consecutive games catching a pass (^36).

^ - Denotes tied record

# - ACC Record

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Bigboots writes:

Good luck. You will be missed.

Bleedsorange writes:

One more time NUK!!!!

33dtb writes:

Good Luck, DeAndre.!!!

Can't really blame him.
'course Boyd couldn't seem to find Nuk on the field and Clemson couldn't find him in the media if Sammy was upright.

pmelvin writes:

Wish it weren't in his best interest, but it is. Thank you for so many great memories are a CU Tiger through and through!

lhaselden writes:

I think he leaves as the best receiver in school history... there are others that could be in the discussion such as Butler, Kelly, Gardner, Stuckey come to mind. I will not be surprised if Watkins or Bryant break some of the receiver records next year.

putter2 writes:

A great Tiger! You will be missed. Good luck and Best Wishes.

Clemorange writes:

Well our chances of reaching the national champs next year just slipped a little. I really thought he would of came back to increase his stock a little more, I think dabo is right in that he will slide in the pickings. But at the same time he's probably looking at it from a medical standpoint to because the odds of him getting hurt next year I feel are pretty high. Big time players usually have targets on the back from not so huge players. But hey good luck next year. Go to spillers team, that would be a crazy combo. Put Boyd Hopkins freeman and spiller on the same side of the ball you wouldn't need anybody else except for Kat man every now and again

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