Clemson junior cornerback A.J. Terrell announced via Twitter that he will declare himself eligible for the 2020 NFL draft. Terrell will finish his college career with six interceptions, including a pick-six against Tua Tagoavailoa and Alabama to kick start a Clemson victory in the National Championship game.
CBS projected Terrell as a late first-round pick in its latest mock draft.
Terrell’s message read, in part, “Dear Clemson Nation, first I want to thank you for the love and support you’ve shown me and the entire Clemson program. We have shared some pretty unforgettable moments in my three years here, and so many of them were possible because of your unwavering belief in me, my teammates, our coaches, and the dozens of students and staff who work so hard to make each season a success.”
Terrell’s announcement comes on the heels of news that running back Travis Etienne will return to Clemson for his senior season. Previously, wide receiver Tee Higgins had also announced his intention to declare for the NFL draft.
Terrell was named to the 2019 All-ACC first team and named to the third team after his sophomore season, his first as a starter. Terrell’s outstanding career at Clemson was foretold by his blue chip status as a high school recruit out of Atlanta, Ga. Terrell committed to the Tigers over Alabama, Georgia and Florida.