BERKELEY -- Cal junior wide receiver Keenan Allen officially announced Wednesday that he intends to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Allen, projected as a high first-round draft choice, said he is grateful for his experience at Cal. Talk of Allen entering the draft increased after he tweeted "Decision made!" a week ago.
"I have always dreamed of having an opportunity to play in the NFL, and my time at Cal has helped me get to the point in my career where I believe I am ready to take that next step," he said in a statement. "I am thankful for my experience at Cal and am excited about what the future holds."
Allen is Cal's career leader with 205 receptions. He ranks third in Cal history with 2,570 receiving yards and caught 17 touchdown passes.
Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards as a sophomore in 2011. He had 61 catches for 737 yards and six TDs this season when he suffered a knee injury in Cal's ninth game. The injury was not considered serious and likely will have no impact on his draft status.