Devin White waited as long as possible before making his decision, Monday, Jan. 14 is the official deadline for underclassmen to declare early for the 2019 NFL Draft, but in the end, the allure of being one of the first players selected in the upcoming draft was too much to pass for the All-American linebacker.

The 2018 Butkus Award winner announced on Monday he will forego his senior season and enter his name early for the 2019 NFL Draft. White projects as a first-round prospect and could be the first linebacker taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Louisiana native was named MVP of the team following the conclusion of the season (an achievement he earned following his sophomore season, as well) and was honored as a First Team All-American by Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News, AFCA. He was honored as a First-Team All-SEC player by the SEC coaches in back-to-back seasons.

White started every game of his final two seasons in Baton Rouge, outside of the 2018 Alabama, as he was suspended for the first half following a second-half targeting call in the Mississippi State game. White recorded two consecutive seasons of 100+ tackles and had 12 or more tackles-for-loss in each of those seasons.

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White made his announcement with the help of LSU, which released this video to declaring White’s decision. In the video, White promises he will return to LSU to finish his degree.