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USC RB Ronald Jones II Declares For NFL Draft

A photo of USC's band playing during a football game.

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14: The USC Trojans band performs in the game with the Stanford Cardinal on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Ronald Jones II is headed to the NFL.

When USC takes the field next season it will do so without its star quarterback and running back, and perhaps its top receiver. The Trojans lost Sam Darnold to the NFL Draft earlier this week, and Deontay Burnett should announce soon.

On Friday afternoon, star running back Ronald Jones II announced he's leaving for the NFL as well.

Here's his message to the USC fanbase.

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.

My sincerest thanks to all of my coaches and teammates at the University of Southern California. I am truly going to miss you guys. Go win that national championship for me next season. To Coach Clay Helton, thank you for challenging me to be a great player and to work on becoming an even better man. Coach Deland McCullough, thank you for getting to know me, earning my trust, and creating a plan for me - and the other RBs - to become masters at our craft."

Jones racked up 3,619 rushing yards during his three seasons with the Trojans and finishes his career ranked fifth on the school's all-time rushing list. He scored 42 touchdowns (39 rushing) including at least one in 19 of his final 20 collegiate games.

Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Jones as the No. 4 running back in the 2018 Draft. Running back is a stacked position in this draft, with Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Kerryon Johnson (Auburn), and Nick Chubb (Georgia).

Jones was the No. 1 running back recruit in the 2015 class.