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Junior defensive lineman JoJo Wicker is leaving Arizona State football to enter the NFL draft.

"After much consideration, and after speaking with my family, close friends and members of the coaching staff, I've decided to forgo my senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft," Wicker said in a statement he sent to azcentral sports.

"I would like to thank the entire Sun Devils Nation for all the love and support you've shown me throughout my time here at ASU. I especially want to thank Coach (Todd) Graham, who has had a significant impact on my life – both on and off the field. I hope everyone can respect my decision and continue to show support."

For the past two seasons, Wicker has been a force on ASU's defense. This season he earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors for the second year in a row. He recorded 42 tackles, including a team-high 13 for loss and six quarterback sacks.

Leading up to the Sun Bowl, Wicker was undecided about his future. Had he stayed, he would've played for his fourth position coach in as many years. Wicker may not be alone. Junior linebacker Christian Sam also is considering his pro options. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.

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Contact Doug Haller at 602-444-4949 or at doug.haller@arizonarepublic.com

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