Mississippi State senior linebacker Erroll Thompson was a player mulling the potential of returning to college in 2021. In a normal year, he’d be out of eligibility, but with a bonus year available to him, the opportunity to put on the pads for one last go-around with the Bulldogs was an option.

Instead, Thompson will declare for the NFL Draft. He announced the decision on his Twitter account early Tuesday evening.

“To my Mississippi State family, thank you for always showing up, being loud and ringing those cowbells,” he wrote in a statement. “Keep being the driving force behind this program, because big things are coming.”

Thompson totaled 95 tackles in 2020—his 2nd straight season as the Bulldogs’ leading tackler—while posting 3.0 sacks and an interception. He leaves Starkville with 312 carer tackles, 23.0 tackles for a loss and 10.0 sacks.

He was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2017 after recording 46 tackles and 5.5 stops for a loss, was a 2nd-team All-SEC pick by the Associated Press in 2018 and a preseason All-SEC selection in 2019.