Stanford Samuels III announced on social media on Thursday afternoon that he would be entering the NFL Draft.
Samuels had 60 tackles, seven pass break ups and two interceptions as a junior in 2019.
“The support and sacrifices of so many people to help me reach these dreams means so much that thank you seems insufficient, but I appreciate all of you,” Samuels wrote in part. “I will cherish the relationships I’ve been able to make with my FSU Football brothers for the rest of my life.”
Samuels did not travel with the Seminoles on Thursday to El Paso for the bowl game against Arizona State and is not expected to play in the bowl game on Dec. 31, according to a team spokesperson.
Samuels is the second FSU player to make public his intention to leave FSU for the NFL. Cam Akers also stated that he would skip FSU’s bowl game and go pro.
Defensive end Janarius Robinson previously stated that he would be returning for this senior season in 2020.