Virginia Tech's David Wilson became the fifth running back to announce he's forgoing his remaining eligibility and entering the 2012 NFL Draft.
Wilson said he made the decision this week after receiving a second-round grade from the NFL advisory committee. Wilson is the No. 3 running back and No. 41 prospect overall eligible for the 2012 draft, according to ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Wilson set a single-season school record with 1,709 rushing yards in 2011.
The decision didn't come as a surprise, especially with Virginia Tech set to lose four senior starters off the offensive line.
"It was very tough," Wilson said at a press conference Friday attended by coach Frank Beamer. "Even yesterday writing the statement, I almost teared up just thinking about the Sugar Bowl is my last game at Virginia Tech."
Wilson is known for his excellent athleticism, as he also finished sixth in the nation in the triple jump at the NCAA championships last spring, and has earned All-American honors in football and track and field.
Wilson joins Miami's Lamar Miller, Washington's Chris Polk, Temple's Bernard Pierce and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman in announcing they will forgo their remaining eligibility - Miller and Hillman are redshirt sophomore. Still yet to make their announcements are Alabama's Trent Richardson and Oregon's LaMichael James.
Wilson is the second Hokie in as many days to declare for the draft, following cornerback Jayron Hosley. Tony Gregory, who is recovering from his second ACL surgery, freshman Michael Holmes and incoming recruit J.C. Coleman figure to vie for snaps in the Hokies' backfield next season.
"I can come back and accomplish some great things, some very great things that haven't been done at Virginia Tech before," Wilson said. "At the same time, you're risking a lot of negatives that could happen. The positive is I had a great season this year and I feel like I built a legacy here."