Green to Turn Pro

ATHENS - Most expected A.J. Green to declare for the NFL draft. On Sunday, Green made the decision to enter the NFL draft public.

On Sunday, Green's intentions became more than speculation or a foregone conclusion.

Green, a native of Summerville, SC., will forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

He made the decision, "a couple days ago," and told coach Mark Richt of his intentions. Still, a few days passed before Green was completely sure he'd made the right call. Green said he spoke to former Bulldogs Matthew Stafford and Mohamed Massaquoi, who are both in the NFL now, about his decision.

"I believe I had a great career at Georgia," Green said. "Coming in as a freshman I never thought I'd have the opportunity I have now."

Regarded as a lock to be a top 10 pick, Green could potentially even become the No. 1 pick in the draft. The top selection is held by the Carolina Panthers, the closest NFL team in terms of location to Green's hometown.

While Green said he has no preference as to where he is ultimately picked, playing for Carolina would make travel easier for his family.

"That's close to home," Green said. "I'm pretty sure a bunch of my family and friends would make that trip easily."

Green had 57 catches, 848 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in only nine games this season. He finished his career with 23 receiving touchdowns, second most in school history.

"While it was a difficult decision, it came down to the opportunity of pursuing a dream I've had since early childhood," said Green. "But Georgia is a great place and I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to be a Georgia Bulldog. I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans who have supported me and helped me grow not only as a player but as a man."

Green has not hired an agent, yet. He is also undecided on where he'll train in the months leading up to the draft.

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