PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pitt defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season on Saturday.
But it wasn’t just an opt-out.
It was also his official declaration for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Twyman spent his collegiate career at Pitt, and now the redshirt junior is making the leap.
But it might've been a little earlier than he may have wanted.
COVID-19 has caused mounting pressure on college football, and many of the programs are starting to back into a corner with how to handle the pandemic safely and little time remaining.
Other notable 2021 draft-eligible players, such as Caleb Farley and Micah Parsons, have already opted out to prepare for the draft.
Highly touted quarterback Trey Lance is facing a similar decision after the Missouri Valley Football Conference reported a program cancellation.
Twyman will now start his path to the NFL Draft a little earlier than most prospects in years past, but he’s in good standing so far in the process.
Twyman has received first-round grades and could become a high pick after the process really gets underway.
Next February could be a golden opportunity for Twyman with the annual Combine at his disposal.