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Clemson’s Mike Williams to declare for 2017 NFL Draft

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney congratulates Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) after he caught a pass for a touchdown in the 4th quarter of the 2017 College Football National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide on January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

According to an official statement released via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, Clemson Tigers’ wide receiver Mike Williams has confirmed what many have been speculating. Williams has announced that he will be forgoing his senior season as a collegiate wide receiver to enter the professional ranks of the NFL.

He is widely recognized as the No. 1 wide receiver prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft.

“First, I want to start off by thanking Coach Swinney and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at Clemson University,” wrote Williams. “I have accomplished so much here throughout these years. We brought this city a National Championship and we will be remembered forever. Thank you to my family and friends for their constant support and encouragement. I also want to thank the fans for all of their support during my time here. Playing for Clemson was an incredible experience. I am grateful for the opportunity and for everyone who has been a part of my journey. As I close this chapter, I am excited and looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life. #2017NFLDraft”

A fourth-year junior, Williams impressed whenever he managed to take the field while he suited up for the Tigers. However, in 2015, he suffered a broken neck in Clemson’s season-opener and missed the rest of the season. Returning to form in 2016 as if the injury had never occurred, Williams tallied 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns.

As a result of his first two-plus collegiate campaigns, he notched a combined 79 receptions for 1,366 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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