Hurst will not be returning to South Carolina for his senior season.
South Carolina junior tight end Hayden Hurst announced on Thursday via Twitter that he’s declaring for the NFL draft.
“After sitting down with my family and Coach Muschamp,” he wrote, “I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft after this season. This was one of the hardest choices I have ever had to make because of how special South Carolina is to me.”
You can read the entire post below:
Much love to everyone who has helped me along the way. Can’t wait to see where life takes me…forever thankful, forever to thee🤙🏼 pic.twitter.com/2jEeRwsuC3
— Hayden Hurst (@h_hurst81) December 7, 2017
Hurst has been one of the most consistent tight ends in the game since his breakout season last year. He’s recorded over 40 catches and over 500 yards in his last two seasons, while also averaging over 12 yards per catch.
He’ll play his final game for the Gamecocks on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl. South Carolina takes on Michigan in the contest.