Penn State DL Garrett Sickels is going to the NFL.
The star lineman announced on Twitter that he will not be back with the Nittany Lions for the 2017 season.
“After taking some time to reflect on this season and my career at Penn State, I am going to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” Sickels wrote in a note shared on Twitter. “This was not an easy decision by any means but I am excited for the next chapter.”
Sickels also said he’s proud of how his 2013 recruiting class left the Nittany Lions program in a better spot than it was in when he first got to the campus.
“This journey has been an amazing ride from my commitment to Penn State in 2012 to this past Rose Bowl game,” Sickels said. “I have made friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. I’m so unbelievably proud to call myself a Penn Stater. I take great pride in knowing me and my fellow classmates of the 2013 recruiting class have left Penn State in a much greater place then when we arrived.”
Penn State DL Garrett Sickels:
— Garrett Sickels (@Sickels_90) January 4, 2017
Sickels made 47 total tackles this past season. He had 12.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks as the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Championship Game and played in the Rose Bowl.
The defensive end also starred in Penn State’s 24-21 upset win against then-No. 2 Ohio State. Sickels made 9 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the win.