Ohio State junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has decided to forego his final year of college eligibility and will enter the NFL Draft next April, the school announced Monday.
"I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft," Hankins said in a statement. "I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State. I want to thank coach [Urban] Meyer, coach [Mike] Vrabel and strength coach [Mickey] Marotti for bringing the best out of me as a football player and person, and for their constant support. I also want to thank coach [Jim] Tressel and coach [Jim] Heacock for recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great school and great program."
Hankins started every game the past two seasons, and he was named all-conference by the Big Ten coaches in 2012, when he had 55 tackle, including four for loss.
ESPN.com ranks Hankins as the No. 8 prospect in the draft, which means he is likely to be taken early in the first round.