ORLANDO, Fla. — The aftermath of a turnover-plagued defeat was no time for Tyler Eifert to make a decision about his college future.
"No," the tight end said simply when asked if he was thinking about it.
Eifert hauled in a game-high six catches for 90 yards in Notre Dame's 18-14 loss Thursday to Florida State. The Mackey Award finalist finished his junior year with 63 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns.
Now comes the hard part, as the likely second- or third-round pick must choose whether to return to an offense of which he would likely be the focal point or capitalize on a 2011 campaign that earned him Walter Camp (first team) and Associated Press (second team) All-America honors.
Entering the Champs Sports Bowl, Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench had Eifert fourth among draft-eligible tight ends and wrote that any of the top four at that position could be drafted in the first two rounds.
"I mean, there's not much more information I can get to make a decision," Eifert later told reporters after the loss. "I think I have pretty much everything I need. It's just a matter of what I personally want to do and figuring it out."
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 15.