Friday afternoon, Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe announced on Twitter that he was leaving school early and making himself available for the draft.
A few hours later, another player took to the same social media platform to make the same decision.
In an extended tweet, Utah State running back Robert Turbin announced that he has decided to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility in order to enter the April NFL draft. The speculation had been that Turbin would likely be leaving the Aggies, so the announcement is not exactly unexpected.
Here’s Turbin’s statement, in its entirety and as it was written by the back himself:
“Id like to Thank all the fans of Utah state for all ur support thru wins n losses, and thru injuries and health.. some of u already kno but after going back and forth with my decision I’ve decided that its best for me n my family to take the next n go pro.. I appreciate everyone who’s helped me along the way and who has supported.. Utah state will continue to grow and hopefully I’ve left something new guys can improve on when they go in and get their opportunity.”
Turbin finished the 2011 season with 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns, and is currently 12th in the country in yards per game (116.7) and tied for sixth in rushing scores.