Michigan State defensive lineman William Gholston officially announced his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday, via a letter released by the athletic department.
In it, Gholston thanked the Spartans fans for their support, then explained his decision.
Here’s the text of the letter, courtesy of BTN.com:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Michigan State University, its athletic department as well as its football program for their endless support and commitment to me as a student-athlete.
For the past three years I have made East Lansing my home and I have created friendships and memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I am so grateful and fortunate to even be in the position that I am today and I know none of this would even be possible without the help and support of Spartan Nation.
In the days since our Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory, I have decided to forgo my senior year at Michigan State and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. While I know I still have a great deal to accomplish, I am very excited about the challenges that the future holds and I promise to always represent the University with class, dignity, and professionalism.
From Coach Dantonio, to our entire staff, to my incredible teammates, to each of you unbelievable fans that back us each and every day, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Gholston joins Le’Veon Bell and (reportedly) Dion Sims in declaring for the draft, badly hurting Michigan State’s prospects for the 2013 season.