Nick Perry statement on early entry

USC junior defensive end Nick Perry issued a statement Tuesday about his decision to declare for the NFL draft.

"After much consideration, I have decided to forgo my college football career and declare for the draft," Perry said via usctrojans.com.

"I have thought long and hard about this decision and I have come to the conclusion that this is the best decision for me at this moment. Over the years, I have matured and learned what it takes to be a Trojan, and for that I would like to thank the Trojan family. I understand that I have chance at being a part of something great next season with the Trojans, but this opportunity doesn't come around every day. I am confident in my decision, and I am ready for this long and hard journey in the next phase of my career."

In 2011, Perry led USC with 8.5 sacks to go along with 54 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and 3 forced fumbles.