The NCAA is offering all players the opportunity to return in 2021 with the same eligibility, but one of Florida’s top defenders won’t be taking advantage of the free “COVID” year.

On Thursday, senior defensive lineman Kyree Campbell announced he is entering the 2021 NFL Draft. He posted a graphic to his Twitter account with a note addressed to Gator Nation.

“I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and my dreams. They have always been there for me and I would not have the opportunities that are currently ahead of me without their constant support. I will look back fondly on my four years of playing football for the University of Florida.

“Thank you to Coach Mullen, my teammates, all of the support staff and to all of the fans of Florida Gators football. The memories I created with you will last a lifetime.

“I look forward to always being a part of Gator Nation and I’m excited to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”

Campbell missed Florida’s first three games as well as Wednesday’s Cotton Bowl. In 2020, he first suited up against Mizzou and played in the six games that followed, recording 24 total tackles including 2.5 tackles for a loss along with 1.5 sacks