Georgia junior defensive tackle Jalen Carter declared for the NFL draft hours after a 65-7 win over the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football National Championship, he wrote in a Tuesday tweet.
“My dream since childhood has been to play in the NFL and without my mother this wouldn’t be possible,” Carter wrote. “I am beyond blessed to have her in my corner.
“With all that being said, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the NFL draft. While I am excited for the next chapter, I will always be a dawg.”
Carter is the No. 1-rated player in the 2023 NFL draft by ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper earned 16 solo tackles, seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in his final season for the Bulldogs, according to Football Reference.
The former five-star recruit out of Apopka, Florida was heavily recruited by Southeastern Conference teams before he ultimately chose the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter. Photo courtsey of dawgnation.com