Jordan Scarlett declares for the 2019 NFL Draft

Florida Gators running back Jordan Scarlett will forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

“To begin I would like to start by thanking Gator Nation for the tremendous love and support given to me over the past 4 years,” Scarlett wrote on his Twitter. “this season has shown me just how much I truly love the game and what it means to be a Florida Gator. You have pushed me to run harder and better than ever before and helped me become not just a better student athlete but a better person as well both on and off the field. For that I will always bleed orange and blue.”

“For all these reasons and more it is imperative that you hear this directly from me first. That after much soul searching and discussions with my family I will be declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. This decision is in my best interest for my future and I have been so fortunate for the undeniable opportunity to live out my childhood dream and play in the National Football League.

Scarlett played in all 13 games this past season. He carried the ball 131 times for 776 yards and five touchdowns. Scarlett finishes his career with 1,846 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Scarlett was part of the 2015 recruiting class. He had 34 carries for 181 yards and one touchdown as a freshman. His sophomore year he broke out with 179 carries, 889 yards and 6 touchdowns, playing in all 13 games. His 889 rushing yards were the most for any Gator freshman or sophomore since 1995. Scarlett was set to be the starter in 2017 but was suspended for the entire 2017 season. Scarlett returned for the 2018 season and carried the ball 131 times for 776 yards and five touchdowns.

Scarlett went on to thank several people for his time at Florida.

“Thank you to all my teammates who I went to war with. It was an honor to run for each and every one of you guy! To all of my position coaches who believed in me; Coach Skipper, Coach Seider and Knox, Thank you,” he wrote. “Thank you to my head coaches McElwain and & Mullen who stuck with me and trusted in my ability. Thank you. Each of you have taught me so much lessons I will take with me on this next journey, and in return I want you to know that I gave it all my every single time I laced up.”

“This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later Gator Nation. You truly are the best and I love y’all from the bottom of my heart.”

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