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Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard Announces He's Declaring For The 2018 NFL Draft

Ohio State players tackling an Army player carrying the football.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard is off to the NFL.

Ohio State took down USC in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night, largely due to a special performance from its defensive line. Saturday, the Buckeyes learned that they'd be losing one of their best players along that front. Sam Hubbard, who has one year of eligibility remaining, announced that he'll forego it to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Hubbard is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound player who is projected by many to be either a first or second round pick. He announced the news via Twitter.

Here's what Hubbard had to say:

"Growing up in Ohio, wearing the Scarlet and Grey for the Buckeyes was always a life-long dream of mine. In high school, I was given an opportunity to fulfill this dream and become an Ohio State football player by Coach Meyer. These past four years at Ohio State have been everything I ever dreamed about and so much more. Now, as a graduate of The Ohio State University, I believe I am ready to chase another life-long dream of mine, playing in the National Football League.

I am announcing that I will be foregoing my final year of eligibility, and entering the 2018 NFL Draft.

Thank you for my family, coaches, teammates, and most importantly Buckeye Nation for everything you have done for me."

Here's the tweet:

Hubbard finished the season with 42 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles, helping Ohio State win both the Big Ten title and the Cotton Bowl.