Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean ended his faculty profession on a profitable observe.
Hours after Auburn trampled Purdue 63-14 within the Music City Bowl on Friday, Dean introduced by way of social media that he was planning to make himself accessible for the 2019 NFL Draft.
“For me, words cannot even explain how thankful I am to attend and play football for Auburn University,” Dean wrote on his Instagram account. “At one cut-off date, soccer was nearly taken away from me earlier than I might even play a snap of school soccer. Thanks to Auburn University, I used to be given the chance to play the sport I really like. Also, I used to be capable of construct relationships with so many individuals. The bonds and recollections I’ve made with my teammates and coaches will without end be cherished.
“With that being said, I will be forgoing my senior year and declaring for the NFL Draft. My family and I feel like this is the best decision for me. Once again, thank you so much Auburn.”
Dean registered 30 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in 12 video games for the Tigers this season. He appeared in 26 video games over the previous two seasons, making 22 begins.
A high-profile recruit out of highschool in Florida, Dean initially signed with Ohio State in 2015, however he tore his meniscus for the second time earlier than even becoming a member of the Buckeyes.
Dean was medically disqualified from enjoying at Ohio State and transferred to Auburn. He was poised to start out for the Tigers however injured his different knee in fall camp, requiring season-ending surgical procedure that compelled him to overlook the 2016 marketing campaign.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Dean 43 had tackles and eight move deflections in 14 video games in 2017.