Quarterback Steve Walsh said today he will turn pro and skip his final year of eligibility at the University of Miami "with an undescribable feeling of satisfaction."
Walsh said he had nearly accomplished his goals to win a national championship, "become the best player I could be" and obtain a finance degree, so "I feel right now is the best opportunity for me to move on."He said he hasn't heard from any teams and hasn't picked an agent yet.
"A new set of goals are waiting for me to try to meet, and a new set of challenges are awaiting for me to try to accomplish," Walsh told a news conference at the university.
Walsh skipped a spring practice session Monday to think about his choices and met briefly with new Coach Dennis Erickson.
April 10 is the NFL deadline for written notification by Walsh of his intention to enter the draft April 23 or a subsequent supplemental draft. He is eligible to forgo his senior season for the pros because he will earn his degree this summer.
"Steve wants to go pro," an unnamed teammate and close friend of Walsh's told The Miami Herald on Monday. "But he has made that decision a couple of times before and talked himself out of it to think more about it."
Erickson said he had no advance word of Walsh's decision.
"It changes back and forth," Erickson said. "He just told me he wanted the day off to think about it, about what decision to make. This whole process has been pretty hard for him the last couple of weeks."