The heartbeat of LSU's defense is taking his talents to the next level. On Monday morning, the final day to declare early for the 2019 NFL Draft, linebacker Devin White announced that he will turn pro and capitalize on his first-round draft stock. 

White finished 2018 with a team-high 123 tackles, becoming just the seventh player in LSU history to record back-to-back 100-tackle seasons during a college career. The third-year junior from Springhill, Louisiana, has been a first-team All-SEC pick each of the last two seasons and was a consensus All-America team selection this year. 

The announcement was made official in a video posted to White's Twitter account, complete with a rundown of the star linebacker thanking the multiple coaches who have influenced his time in Baton Rouge. 

"I would like to thank God, my family, coaches and teammates," White said. "To coach Les Miles and coach Frank Wilson, for offering me my first scholarship. To Dave Aranda, thank you for everything you have done for me, especially helping me become LSU's first Butkus Award winner. To Coach O, thank you for caring about me much more than a player, but as a son. Thank you for leading this team to a great season. The support you have selflessly given me has been truly remarkable."