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One of Texas’s top playmakers is also heading to the pros. Junior cornerback Holton Hill said on Monday that he would forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft via a statement from the school on Monday. His statement is below.

After careful consideration with my family, I have made the decision to forgo my senior year and turn my focus towards training for the NFL Draft.

The past three years at Texas have been a great learning experience for me, and I appreciate everyone who has helped me throughout my college career, especially Coach Herman, Coach Washington, Coach Orlando and Coach Strong. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to play for such an amazing program at The University of Texas, and I know the values that have been instilled in me and lessons I’ve learned will continue to propel me forward at the next level.

I can’t say enough about the support my teammates have given me. Those guys are going to always be my teammates, and I know that bond will last way beyond our time here at Texas. I also appreciate the great fans, and even though I’m moving on, I’m always going to be a Longhorn. Thank you all for your support, the best is yet to come.

Hill did not play the final three games of the season after being suspended following the TCU game for an undisclosed reason.

The junior cornerback finished his 2017 season with 51 tackles, two interceptions and even returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in 2017. He’s emerged as a potential first-round draft pick prior to the suspension.

The former Houston Lamar standout becomes the third Longhorn within the last week to declare for the draft, joining Connor Williams and DeShon Elliott. Neither player will play in the bowl game and Hill will not be as well.

The Longhorns will travel to take on old Big 12 Conference foe in Missouri in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday, December 27 in Houston.
 

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