Virginia Tech running back David Wilson announced at a Friday press conference in Blacksburg he has decided to forgo his senior season of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound graduate of George Washington High in Danville, said the NFL draft advisory board told him he projects as a second round selection. He added he feels he can improve his draft status through the NFL combine.
"This is something I really wanted to do," Wilson said. "It's been my goal since I was eight and a dream of mine. ... I couldn't pass it up."
He joins cornerback Jayron Hosley as Tech players this season that have decided to bypass their senior seasons of college eligibility to turn pro. Hosley announced his intentions Tuesday night after Tech's 23-20 overtime loss to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.
Wilson completed his junior season by setting Tech's single-season rushing yardage record. He finished the season with 1,709 rushing yards, surpassing former Tech running back Ryan Williams' 1,655 yards in 2009.
In addition to the yards, Wilson scored nine rushing touchdowns this season. He added 22 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown on his way to earning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and second Associated Press All-American honors. He had 24 carries for 82 yards in the Sugar Bowl.
He joined Williams, Kevin Jones and Lee Suggs as the only Tech running backs to pick up All-American honors from one of the five recognized teams - AP, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association or The Sporting News.
With Wilson gone, Tech be left to try to replace him with incoming freshmen J.C. Coleman, who is enrolling this month at Tech, Drew Harris and Chris Mangus, rising junior Tony Gregory, rising redshirt freshman Michael Holmes and sophomore Dominique Patterson. Gregory will be coming back from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.