Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence declares for 2021 NFL Draft

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

CLEMSON, S.C. (WCBD/AP) – Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence is leaving the football team and declaring for the NFL Draft.

Lawrence made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning in a video captioned with “Thank you, Clemson…”

“To all my teammates over the past three years, it’s been the most fun ride I’ve been on. I look back at these three years, I have the best memories. Winning a national championship, winning a lot of games and it’s not even that, just more so all the little moments, being in the locker room, being at practice, spending every day together,” he said.

He is expected to be selected Number 1 overall by the Jackson Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“My time here has been amazing, and I’ll be a Clemson Tiger forever,” he said in the video.

Lawrence said in September he planned to play his junior season, graduate in December and move on to the NFL. However, in October, Lawrence discussed keeping his options open, which included possibly returning for another year of college as discussions of the No. 1 pick intensified between the then winless New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars finished 1-15 and have the top pick in the draft and are expected to take Lawrence.

He finished 34-2 in his college career, leading Clemson to three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the national title after the 2018 season. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy race Tuesday night to Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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