By JOEL COLEMAN
De’Runnya Wilson has played his last game for Mississippi State and will forego his senior season to enter this year’s NFL Draft according to Instagram posts from him on Friday.
“Ended my college career,” the junior wide receiver wrote in one of his posts to the social media website along with a picture of himself with teammates. “I’m going (to) miss playing in maroon and white.”
In his three seasons at Mississippi State, Wilson became one of the top receivers in school history. His 22 career touchdown catches are second all-time at MSU to the 24 hauled in by former Bulldog Chad Bumphis. With 1,953 receiving yards, Wilson sits sixth on MSU’s career list.
Wilson came to MSU after playing just one year of high school football. In addition to his football career, Wilson also spent time on the Mississippi State basketball squad in 2013-14.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound wideout capped his career on the gridiron Wednesday in MSU’s 51-28 Belk Bowl win over NC State. Against the Wolfpack, Wilson caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.
CBSsports.com lists Wilson as the 10th best wide receiver on the 2016 NFL Draft prospect list and projects the Birmingham, Alabama native as a second or third round pick.
Prior to the Belk Bowl, Wilson stated he wasn’t focused on his professional future just yet.
“I am taking it one day at a time,” Wilson said two weeks ago. “I just want to win in Charlotte and get that Belk Bowl trophy. I always wanted a trophy like that.”
Mississippi State hasn’t yet confirmed Wilson’s intentions to leave. The Bulldogs lost a pair of juniors to the NFL Draft following last season when running back Josh Robinson and linebacker Benardrick McKinney left with a year of eligibility remaining.
Now, it appears it’s Wilson’s turn.
“Any opportunity I receive, I am going to take full advantage of that, if that has to do with me at the next level or at the college level,” Wilson said last month.