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DeShon Elliott to declare for NFL Draft

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University of Texas safety DeShon Elliott becomes the latest Longhorn to announce he will not return for his senior season and will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.  Elliott’s announcement comes just three days after All-American left tackle Connor Williams announced his decision to skip his final season with the Longhorns.  Elliott will not participate in the Longhorns’ bowl game in December.

Full statement from Elliott:

After much thought and prayer, my family and I have made the decision to forego my senior year at The University of Texas to enter the NFL Draft. I will not be playing in the bowl game as I plan to begin preparing for my professional career immediately.

It was a very difficult decision that I put a lot of thought into. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for the support and all they’ve done to make an impact on my life. I really appreciate Coach Strong giving me the opportunity to play and grow as a player and person at Texas. Coach Herman has been amazing, and I’m really excited about what he’s building here. I know that Longhorn football is in good hands. Coach Naivar and our strength coach Yancy McKnight have helped me take my game to the next level, and because of that, I feel prepared to take this next step.

To the awesome Longhorn fans, you have made every game in DKR an experience like no other, and for that, I thank you. And most of all, thank you to my parents for molding me into the athlete and person I am today. I couldn’t have done it without you. I am excited about the future but will forever be a Longhorn.

Elliott, a 2017 finalist for the Thorpe Award, finished the regular season with 6 interceptions, 63 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss.

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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