Deciding against staying at Michigan State for a fifth year, running back LJ Scott on Wednesday declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Scott, who was limited to four games in 2018 while dealing with an ankle injury, announced his decision on Twitter.
"Having dealt with various humbling injuries during the 2018 regular season, I initially believed the best plan for me was to return to the Spartans as a Redshirt Senior next season," Scott wrote. "As the season has drawn closer to an end, I've had time to properly reflect and discuss all of my options with my coaches and family to decide the absolute best course of action for me going forward. After a ton of thought, prayer, and careful consideration, I have decided to enter the 2019 NFL Draft as a senior."
On Nov. 10, Scott had indicated that he would return next year to the Spartans.
In his latest message on Twitter, Scott added, "I want to personally thank Coach [Mark] Dantonio for everything he has done for me as a coach and a mentor in my life. He has always stood by me and supported me." Scott also thanked "the best fans in the country" for the "love and support you all have shown me and my family through the past four years here at MSU."
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior from Hubbard, Ohio, rushed for 180 yards on 55 carries this season, averaging 3.3 yards a carry while failing to score. He ranks 10th among Michigan State's career rushing leaders with 2,771 yards, and is tied for 11th with 25 rushing TDs.
Scott also made it known in the post that he hopes to continue to get healthy and wants to "finish the season playing in the Redbox Bowl with my teammates [against Oregon on Dec. 31], and then pursue my dream of playing in the NFL."