Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway declares for NFL draft

Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway is going to the NFL.

Ridgeway, a junior, is skipping his senior season and will be eligible for the 2016 draft. He had 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in 11 games in 2015.

"Coach [Charlie] Strong has always had a lot of faith in me and my ability, and he's always pushed me," Ridgeway said in a Texas statement. "It's been a great help, both him and the coaching staff – [defensive line coach Brick] Haley, [defensive coordinator Vance] Bedford – they've really pushed me and helped me become a better player and person. That's not saying I can't still get better, but they've pushed me farther than I thought was possible."

Ridgeway was recruited to the Longhorns by former coach Mack Brown. He was a four-star recruit and the No. 10 weakside defensive end in the class of 2013 according to Rivals.

Ridgeway had six sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2014.

"Hassan is a really talented young player whose best years are ahead of him," Strong said. "We appreciate everything he's done for Texas, and though we're disappointed to lose him, we will continue to support him any way we can. We wish Hassan the best."

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