Sammy Watkins Makes It Official - He's NFL-Bound

5:05 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
  • Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins set 23 school records in his three seasons in the Upstate (Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and head coach Dabo Swinney toss oranges to the crowd following the win over Ohio State (Brad Barr, USA TODAY Sports)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Clemson's record-setting wide receiver Sammy Watkins says he's headed to the NFL.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior from Fort Myers, Fla., confirmed reports that he's leaving school, saying Monday that he is entering May's NFL draft.

Watkins has set 23 school records in three seasons. He finished his career as the most outstanding player of the Orange Bowl. He caught 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in No. 12 Clemson's 40-35 win over seventh-ranked Ohio State.

Watkins is considered the top receiver prospect available and a top-15 selection in the NFL draft.

He said his time at Clemson helped him grow in several ways, including athletically. Watkins leaves as the school's all-time leader with 240 receptions, 3,391 receiving yards and 15 games with 100 or more yards.

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