USC running back Ronald Jones II declares for NFL draft

USC running back Ronald Jones II will enter the NFL draft, he announced Friday.

"Because of the prayers, love and support of so many people, I feel I am genuinely ready for the challenges and successes of the NFL," Jones said.

In three seasons for the Trojans, Jones ran for 3,619 yards on 591 carries and finishes his career ranked fifth on the school's all-time rushing list. He scored 42 touchdowns (39 rushing) including at least one in 19 of his final 20 games and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection this season.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Jones, who ran for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, as the No. 4 draft-eligible running back. He arrived as the No. 1-ranked running back in the Class of 2015.