Florida junior defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. tweeted Tuesday that he will not return to the school next season.
Florida coach Will Muschamp was fired on Sunday, but will remain as coach through the end of the season, and Fowler said he will depart at the same time as his coach.
I came in with champ. I'm leaving with Him.— Dante fowler (@dantefowler) November 19, 2014
Simple as that— Dante fowler (@dantefowler) November 19, 2014
Earlier Tuesday, Fowler was asked by reporters whether there was any chance he would not declare for the draft and return to school, to which he paused and said, "just if anything probably develops or if [the NFL] was to say I was too young or something like that," according to the AP.
The junior has 49 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one fumble return this season for the Gators. Chris Burke in SI.com's latest 2015 mock draft has Fowler going at No. 28 in the first round.
Florida (5-4) hosts Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
- Molly Geary