After speculation that he was heavily leaning in this direction, Mitch Trubisky is officially headed that way.
The way to which we’re referring is the NFL, with the North Carolina quarterback confirming Monday morning that he has decided to forego his remaining eligibility and make himself available for the April draft. The junior labeled it “the most difficult decision of my life,” one that he came to after much “research, reflection and prayer.”
“After much research, reflection and prayer, I have officially decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” Trubisky said in a statement. “This has been the most difficult decision of my life because of the unbelievable people and experiences I’ve had at the University of North Carolina. It’s hard to leave a special place like UNC, which has had such a huge impact on my life and helped make me into the man I am today.
“I’m so thankful for my family, my teammates, coaches, trainers, strength staff, academic staff and all the fans of Tar Heel nation. You guys have helped me in so many ways and have shared experiences with me that I will cherish and be thankful for the rest of my life. I love UNC and it’s a privilege to call myself a Tar Heel.”
Trubisky just completed his first season as the Tar Heels’ starter, helping to lead UNC to an 8-5 record. In the process, he set school single-season records for touchdown passes (30), completions (304), attempts (447), passing yards (3,748) and total offense (4,056 yards).
He’s expected to be one of the top, if not the top, quarterbacks selected in the upcoming draft.
“Mitch is a great representative of the University of North Carolina. He’s everything you would want in a student-athlete,” said head coach Larry Fedora. “My role throughout this process was to provide him with as much information as we could obtain so he could make the best decision for him and his family. He patiently waited for his opportunity to play at UNC and when that chance came this year, he had one of best seasons in school history. We support his decision and look forward to watching him play at the next level.”