After three years at Ohio State, redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati native made the announcement through Twitter on Saturday afternoon, the day after the Buckeyes’ 24-7 win over USC in the Cotton Bowl. Land of 10’s Austin Ward wrote a column suggesting that the defensive end go to the NFL after Hubbard participated in the Senior Tackle usually reserved for guys heading into their final matchup in The Game against Michigan, starting the speculation that he was leaving. “It was just an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up,” Hubbard said at the time. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do next year; I’m just focusing on winning a Big Ten championship. It’s just an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up if I do make that decision.” He did, however, hold off from going to the NFL after the 2016 season, when he announced on Twitter he was staying after the team’s loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.