Dareuan Parker had an outstanding career in Starkville but the Olive Branch native is ready for the next chapter of his career.

The senior offensive lineman announced on Sunday that he would not return to Mississippi State and will instead pursue a career in the NFL.

Parker, Mississippi State’s starting right guard, had the option of returning for 2021 after the NCAA granted all players the option of using the 2020 season as a free season of eligibility.

During his time in Starkville, Parker appeared in 46 games and made 21 starts on the offensive line. Parker started 10 games for Mississippi State this season.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for giving me the ability to play the sport I love,” Parker posted on Sunday. “I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me become the football player I am today. To my mom and dad, thank you for your unconditional love and continued support. Lastly, to the greatest fans in the world, thank you for giving me the best college atmosphere and welcoming me to the Bulldog family.

“After much thought and prayers, I have decided to pursue my dream and enter my name in the NFL Draft.”

Parker signed with Mississippi State out of DeSoto Central High School in the 2016 recruiting cycle.