Scott G Winterton,
Utah Utes offensive lineman Garett Bolles (72) carries the Foster Farms champions out to his teammates after the Utes defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in Santa Clara, California on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

SALT LAKE CITY — Exactly one year after announcing his decision to play for the University of Utah, offensive lineman Garett Bolles posted on Twitter that he’s headed for the NFL. He called the latter a “similar life-changing announcement” in his declaration Wednesday night.

“After much prayer and thought, and after meeting with my coaches and family, I have decided to forego my senior year at Utah and enter the 2017 NFL Draft,” Bolles wrote. “My time at the University of Utah has been an incredible experience. I am extremely grateful for Coach Whittingham, the entire coaching staff, and the support staff of the football program for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete.”

Bolles expressed appreciation for offensive line coach Jim Harding, calling him a valued adviser. He also thanked the coaching staff for making this day possible because of all their incredible support.

“This was an extremely difficult decision. Playing in the NFL has been one of my ultimate goals, and I believe it’s time to pursuit it and provide for my family,” continued the post. “To my wife, Natalie, and the rest of my family, thank you for guiding me to this point. I also want to thank my teammates.”

Bolles went on to say that he’ll miss suiting up for the Utes and that being part of the team was something special that he will always treasure. The Snow College transfer also said he’s a better person today because of his time at Utah.

“I am blessed for the opportunities that were provided to my family and me,” Bolles concluded. “For all the fans who have cheered us on this year, know that no matter where I go I will forever be a Ute. A Utah man am I.”

In his one and only season at Utah, Bolles earned second-team All-American recognition from USA Today and first-team all-conference honors from the Pac-12.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound left tackle from Westlake High School is the second Ute since a 9-4 season ended with a 26-24 win over Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl to declare for the draft. Junior safety Marcus Williams announced his intentions earlier in the week.