Naquan Jones is forgoing his final season at Michigan State and instead, will head for the NFL Draft.

A redshirt senior, the defensive tackle was eligible to return next season but will be pursuing his NFL dreams, he says, in a post made Wednesday afternoon on social media. Writing that “I will forever bleed green,” Jones penned an emotional and thoughtful letter declaring his intentions to enter the draft:

To Spartan  Nation – the best fans in the country. Thank you for always sticking with us. These past few years haven’t always been pretty but I appreciate the continued support you have shown for our team.

After much consideration, I have made the decision to forgo my last year of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Playing professional football has always been my ultimate goal and passion and Michigan State University has put me in the best position to make that possible.

In seven games this year, Jones has 24 tackles and a career-high five tackles for a loss. In a traditional season, he would have easily eclipsed his career high of 26 tackles set two years ago. He was a three-year letter winner at Michigan State.


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Last season, he had a sack in Michigan State’s Pinstripe Bowl win over Wake Forest last year.