Devine Redding is following his Indiana running back predecessors to the NFL.
After Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard each left the Hoosiers with NCAA eligibility remaining, Redding did the same thing, declaring for the NFL Draft on Friday.
"As I look ahead to next year, I have realized two things," Redding said in his announcement. "The first is that any success I have experienced to date — on or off the field — is shared. It would not have been possible without God, the unconditional love and support of my parents, Desmond Redding and Natalie Fields, and my IU family: the coaches, staff and amazing Hoosier fans.
"Secondly, my life so far has been shaped by my goal of playing in the NFL. After receiving a favorable response from the NFL Advisory Committee and a lot of thought and prayer, I have realized that now is the moment for me to pursue that lifelong dream. As a result, I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and will declare for the NFL Draft.
"I did not arrive at this decision easily, and I want to reiterate my sincerest thanks to all of the coaches, staff and teammates who have made reaching this goal possible. Coach (Kevin) Wilson challenged me to be the greatest version of myself. Coach (Deland) McCullough created a respectful atmosphere where running backs can grow as men and players and reach our goals. I am forever grateful to them both, as well as the training staff, Christa Sist, IU academics and coach (Tom) Allen, who has supported me in this decision.
"To my IU family: I could never be who I am, on and off the field, without your willingness to embrace me as a person. It's because of you that I feel I'm genuinely ready for the challenge of the NFL. God bless and Go Hoosiers!"
Redding finished with 1,122 rushing yards this season, ranking fifth in the Big Ten. He scored seven touchdowns on the ground and had another two off passes.
In three seasons, Redding racked up 2,252 yards including going over the 1,000-yard mark in each of the past two seasons.