Texas A&M receiver Evans declares for draft

Mike Evans #13 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates his third touchdown reception against the Auburn Tigers on October 19, 2013 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

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Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Mike Evans announced Thursday that he was giving up his final two years of eligibility for a chance at the NFL draft.

The All-America receiver is projected by many to be a first-round pick.

"After talking things over with coach (Kevin) Sumlin and my family I have decided to enter the NFL draft," Evans said in a statement released by the school. "Thanks go to Texas A&M for giving me an opportunity to play college football. Thanks also to my coaches and teammates for helping me develop as a player and as a man. I made this decision based on what I thought was best for myself and my family."

Evans was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after a sophomore season in which he had a school record 1,394 yards on 69 catches. He had 17 catches of at least 30 yards and 28 of at least 20 while adding 12 touchdowns. He set a school record for yards in a game with 279 in the 49-42 loss to Alabama.

It took Evans just two years to get into the top five at A&M in catches (151), receiving yards (2,499) and touchdown catches (17).

"It’s been a pleasure watching Mike’s development as a receiver and a person the past two seasons," Sumlin said. "Mike was one of the team’s hardest workers in whatever he was doing, and it paid off for him on the field. I think one of the highest compliments you can say about Mike is that he plays as hard when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands as when he does. Texas A&M wishes him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life."

While Evans made his decision Thursday, another Aggie sophomore has yet to make his. Quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is expected to declare for the draft too, hasn’t made his intentions public yet.