Lawrence spoke with the media today and said about leaving Boise State, "It was a struggle between coming back and staying. Really, I just had to make the decision for myself-what was best for me. It's a dream come true. The situation at Boise State with the coaching changes, I really think it was the timing of the situation."
CBSSports ranks Lawerence the fourth-best defensive end in the 2014 NFL Draft. The site lists him as a projected fifth-round pick.
His 20.5 tackles for loss this season ranked third in the nation. Lawrence's 10.5 sacks slated him 10th in the country. Both those stats led the Mountain West Conference.
Boise State redshirt junior Demarcus Lawrence posted on his Facebook page that he will enter the NFL Draft.
Here is Lawrence’s full statement.
I am releasing this statement to inform everyone at Boise State University and all of the fans of Bronco Nation of my decision to forgo my final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
For these last two years I have had the honor of being part of the Boise State family and have had an incredibly special group of teammates, coaches, trainers, and staff around me. While Coach Peterson's decision to take the Washington job had some influence on my decision I felt it was in the best interests of my family and myself to pursue my lifelong dream to become an NFL player.
It is my hope in making this decision that my coaches, administration, teammates and the Broncos fans continue to support me both through prayer and encouragement in the pursuit of my dreams.
Thanks you all for your time and understanding in this matter and I wish everyone at Boise State University much success.
Demarcus Tank Lawrence
Lawrence led the Broncos with 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He was named a Walter Camp second team All-American and was tabbed first team All-Mountain West.