By Eric Schmidt

Earlier this week, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd told the media that he would be returning to the school for the 2013 season, completing his senior season. Boyd will now have one less target to throw to next season as junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins declared on Thursday that he will opt to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Hopkins posted a record setting 2012 season, setting the ACC record for the most receiving touchdowns in a single season, 18. He also set records with the most consecutive games with a touchdown (10) and the most games with a receiving touchdown, at 12.

Hopkins broke the Clemson single season receiving yardage record with 1,405 yards on 82 receptions. He is projected by several analysts and one of the top five junior wide receivers in this year’s draft.

In his statement, Hopkins said it was a difficult decision, but he felt like the time was right to make the move to the next level. “It’s tough to leave because this is my home, this is the place I wanted to play since I came out of the womb. But, I feel it is best for me and my family to take my talents to NFL at this time.”

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