ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia junior wide receiver A.J. Green announced Sunday that he will forego his senior season at UGA and declare for the NFL draft in April.
He is expected to be a top pick and may even be a contender to become the first player selected.
“While it was a difficult decision, it came down to the opportunity of pursuing a dream I’ve had since early childhood,” Green said in a statement. “But Georgia is a great place and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to be a Georgia Bulldog. I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans who have supported me and helped me grow not only as a player but as a man.”
A native of Summerville, S.C., Green played in 32 games over the past three years as a Bulldog, starting 27 of them. He recorded 166 receptions for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Green said he has two semesters of school left to graduate, and he intends to work on that as well, according to UGA.
“A.J. has made an immeasurable impact on our team over the past three seasons and we wish him nothing but the best,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt in a statement. “I’ve enjoyed the blessing of working with him and getting to know his family and we wish him all the success in professional football.
“Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”
Official word has yet to be given by three UGA juniors -- cornerback Brandon Boykin, linebacker Justin Houston and offensive lineman Cordy Glenn. Offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant has indicated he will return, as has place-kicker Blair Walsh.
Look for more on Green's decision later this afternoon ...