LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --- The first two juniors on Louisville football rosters made their decisions to stay for a senior season or declare for the NFL draft Sunday night. Junior safety Calvin Pryor is headed to the NFL, and junior defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin will return.
Both made their announcements via their Instagram accounts.
"It's been a pleasure playing here at U of L over the past 3 years and I can't thank you fans enough," posted Pryor. "My experience here in the ville was truly amazing. After talking with my coaches and family, I've decided to declare for the draft. It's the best decision for me and my family. Thank you all and I appreciate the love and support...really"
Pryor is listed as a top-5 safety prospect by multiple NFL Draft websites. He was second on the team in 2013 with 75 tackles and had 3 interceptions.
But Mauldin will return to Louisville's defensive line, as the Cardinals enter the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"After talking with coaches and others I've decided not to declare for the 2014 draft and continue to play at the University Of Louisville," posted Mauldin on his Twitter account, after making the announcement initially on Instagram.
Mauldin was second on the team with 9.5 sacks and also had 40 tackles, 12 of which were tackles for loss.
Reacting to this news, junior wide receiver DeVante Parker tweeted, "All of my boys are declaring. I wish them the best of luck in the next level."
It's a curious tweet, but obviously not definitive. Parker also has to decide whether he will enter the draft, as do other notable Louisville players like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver Damian Copeland (who was granted a 6th year of eligibility by the NCAA).
The deadline to declare for the draft is January 15th.