Nick Gates will no longer be taking the field in a Nebraska jersey, as the left tackle announced that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Gates broke the news on Twitter at 2:25 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
Here is the tweet:
— Nick Gates (@nickgates77) January 2, 2018
In the tweet, Gates thanks his family, his team, his coaches and the fans before he announces that he will enter the NFL draft.
Here is his full message:
“My time at Nebraska has been essential to my growth, both as a football player and as a person. I would not be in the position I am in without those who have guided me along the way.
“A special thank you to my family, my team, Nebraska fans and our former football staff. Coach [Mike] Riley and Coach [Mike] Cavanaugh, you gave me a chance I never thought I would have, and it is because of you I now get to pursue my dreams.
“It has taken me a long time to make this decision. I believe Coach [Scott] Frost will take Husker nation to where we need to go! However, after talking it over with my family, friends and coaches, I have officially decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter in my life.”
Gates, a native of Las Vegas, was one of the Huskers’ most experienced players. He played in 36 games in his collegiate career at Nebraska, and started all 12 games this season at left tackle. In addition, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by both the coaches and the media.
Gates is the second Nebraska player to declare for the NFL draft, joining quarterback Tanner Lee. Lee made his announcement last week.