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South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst Declares For NFL Draft

A view of Clemson fans cheering.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of fans of the Clemson Tigers against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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."

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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.