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Arizona State LB/DE Carl Bradford makes NFL Draft plans official

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Carl Bradford has signed with an agent and will not return to ASU for his senior year.  (USATSI)
Carl Bradford has signed with an agent and will not return to ASU for his senior year. (USATSI)

Carl Bradford appeared to be headed back to Arizona State for his senior year, but that has changed in the eleventh hour with the school confirming his decision to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Per CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Arizona State believed that Bradford was returning as of late last week. On Sunday night the star linebacker/defensive end informed the staff that he might turn pro and on Monday the school confirmed Bradford's exit through an official release.

The last day for underclassmen to declare for the 2014 draft is Wednesday.

"It was an honor and a privilege to coach Carl Bradford at Arizona State University," Sun Devils' coach Todd Graham said in a prepared statement. "Carl leaves ASU with his degree and that is what we are most proud of.

"Additionally, with players like Carl, Will Sutton, Chris Young, Osahon Irabor and Alden Darby we built the No. 1 defense in Pac-12 Conference play and one of the top rated units nationally. We want to be known for tough, stout defense at ASU and Carl helped us achieve that in 2012 and 2013. We appreciate Carl for being a great Sun Devil and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Bradford led Arizona State with 18 tackles for loss, adding 8.5 sacks one interception and three forced fumbles on the season. He was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team and, prior to Monday's announcement, was considered among the top outside linebackers in the 2015 class.

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