Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith declares for NFL draft
Smith was named the 2015 Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker. He tore his ACL and MCL the 2016 Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State on Jan. 1 before undergoing reconstructive knee surgery last week.
Smith announced his decision in a Youtube video, which can be seen below:
Smith finished last season with 115 tackles for the Fighting Irish, which includes nine tackles for loss. As a sophomore, he recorded 112 tackles.
Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly did several interviews with ESPN on Monday and commented on Smith's decision.
“I think he's a generational player at his position, and he'll recover fine from this,” Kelly said. “The NFL will be lucky to get a young man like this.”
- Christopher Chavez