USC junior running back Ronald Jones II declared for the 2018 NFL Draft today.
In a statement, Jones said, "my sincerest thanks to all of my coaches and teammates at the University of Southern California. I am truly going to miss you guys. Go win that national championship for me next season."
Jones finished fifth on USC's career rushing list, with 3,619 yards on 591 carries (a 6.1 average) with 39 TDs and also caught 32 passes for 301 yards (9.4 average) with three TDs. He had 14 100-yard rushing games in his career and scored at least one touchdown in 19 of his last 20 games.
Jones is one of the most decorated running backs in school history, passing Heisman trophy winners O.J. Simpson, Mike Garrett, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White in career rushing yards. He made an impact at USC from the start, setting a school record for rushing yards in a season by a freshman with 987 yards. He also had a prolific junior season for the Trojans, rushing for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns. He finished as the 8th leading rusher in the country this season and scored a touchdown in all but one game this season.
Jones was named a 2017 Pro Football Focus First Team All-American and to the All-Pac-12 First Team. He is also a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.