Goodbye Clemson, hello Jacksonville.
Trevor Lawrence didn’t utter the words “NFL” or “draft,” but he didn’t need to in a farewell-to-Clemson video he posted on Twitter Wednesday morning. He made it clear his time with the Tigers is up after three years and he’s entering the 2021 NFL Draft, where he’ll certainly be taken No. 1 by the Jaguars.
“To all my teammates over the past three years, it’s been the most fun ride I’ve been on,” Lawrence, 21, said in the video. “I’ll look back at these three years and have the best memories, winning a national championship, winning a lot of games. And just not even that, but more so all the little moments, being in the locker room, being at practice, spending every day together and just having those memories of us laughing and cutting up and just enjoying life together. Those are things I’ll remember forever.”
Lawrence went 34-2 as Clemson’s starter, leading them to a national title as a freshman during the 2018 season. He brought them back to the title game last season where Clemson lost to LSU before falling in this season’s College Football Playoff semifinals to Ohio State.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lawrence has long been considered a lock to go No. 1 in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jets had the inside track at getting Lawrence after losing their first 13 games, but back-to-back shocking wins over the Rams and Browns handed Jacksonville the top selection.
“When I look at my life as a whole so far, this journey of 21 years, the most formative years have been my time here at Clemson,” Lawrence said in the video. “It’s taught me how to be a better man, no doubt, and that’s the biggest takeaway really.
“Obviously it’s made me a better football player, but that’s kind of secondary to what it’s taught me about life. I really feel like I’m a man now and I’m ready to take on those challenges. I’m super excited for life ahead. The best is always yet to come. But I’m grateful for Clemson and I’m gonna miss it.”