Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has decided to forgo his senior season for the NFL, he said Friday. Thomas said he was projected by the NFL's draft advisory board to be a second-round pick, and that it was an extremely difficult decision.
"I'm leaving," Thomas said. "It was tough, man. Basically it was so tough, I didn't want to leave coach [Paul] Johnson. I'm going to miss Coach."
Thomas said he feels like he can go to the NFL combine "and do a good 40-time and maybe jump up into the first round, late first round, something like that."
Thomas caught 46 passes for 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He led the ACC in receiving yards as well as yards per catch (25.1). Following Georgia Tech's win over Clemson in the ACC title game, Thomas told ESPN.com he was staying. When asked why he said that, Thomas said "he just didn't want to talk about it then."
Thomas said he hadn't talked to any of his teammates since the Orange Bowl loss, and that the decisions of the other talented juniors on Georgia Tech's roster had no influence on his decision.
"I guess everybody was OK with it," he said. "It was just my decision. Coach told me he wanted the best for me."
Thomas said he has not hired an agent yet.