Thursday January 7th, 2016

Florida Gators safety Keanu Neal has decided to forego his senior year and declare for the NFL draft, he announced on Instagram.

“This was honestly the hardest decision I've ever made, but prayer and family support helped a lot...I would like to thank all the coaches, advisors, family members and friends who have stuck by me and helped me grow as a man,” Neal wrote. “It's time to take the next step in my life and attain my dream..Something I've wanted since I was a little boy..Gator Nation, thank you for welcoming me and making my three years at UF memorable. First day I stepped foot on campus, I knew I made the right decision. Nothing will ever take away the memories and bonds I have gained. I can confidently say that I've grown and matured a lot since my first day here, and it is due to the love and support of family, friends, and Gator Nation! I will always bleed orange and blue...Forver a Florida Gator!”

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Neal finished the season with 96 tackles after missing the first two games of the year with a hamstring injury.

Fellow Gators Vernon Hargreaves, Demarcus Robinson, and Kelvin Taylor have also declared for the NFL draft. Redshirt junior Marcus Maye has until Jan. 18 to announce his decision.

- Christopher Chavez

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