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Texas safety DeShon Elliott leaving early for NFL draft

TCU receiver Desmon White, left, is stopped by Texas safety DeShon Elliott during a game on Nov. 4, 2017.
TCU receiver Desmon White, left, is stopped by Texas safety DeShon Elliott during a game on Nov. 4, 2017. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Texas safety DeShon Elliott, one of the top defensive backs in the country, is leaving the Longhorns to enter the NFL draft.

Elliott, who attended Rockwall-Heath High School, made the announcement through the school. He will not play in the Longhorns’ bowl game.

Elliott, who leads Texas with six interceptions and three forced fumbles, is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the nation’s top defensive back. Longhorns’ left tackle Connor Williams announced he was leaving early a couple of days ago.

“It was a very difficult decision that I put a lot of thought into,” Elliott said in a release. “I want to thank my coaches and teammates for the support and all they’ve done to make an impact on my life. I really appreciate Coach [Charlie] Strong giving me the opportunity to play and grow as a player and person at Texas. Coach [Tom] Herman has been amazing, and I’m really excited about what he’s building here.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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