Xavier Worthy Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy (1) celebrates a play in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff semi-finals at the Ceasars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 1, 2024. The Huskies won the game 37-31.

The Texas Longhorns will need a new starting wide receiver next season, as junior Xavier Worthy has officially declared for the NFL Draft.

Worthy confirmed Tuesday’s news in an Instagram post: “My time here at the University of Texas has been filled with highs, lows, lessons, and blessings. All of them are part of my journey and who I am today. I will be eternally grateful to those who have always believed in and supported me—my mom, family, Day 1s, coaches, football brothers, and real fans. To play the sport I love at this level with some of the most talented guys in the game is a blessing I don’t take for granted, and I will continue to be thankful for.

“With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2024 NFL draft.”

In three seasons with the Longhorns, Worthy went above and beyond. He hauled in the sixth-most receptions in school history with 197, is fourth all-time amongst Longhorns with 2,755 receiving yards, and his 26 career touchdown receptions are third in Texas history behind just Roy Williams (36) and Jordan Shipley (33).

In his final season with the Longhorns, he caught 75 passes for 1,014 yards and five touchdowns.

In December, Worthy was projected to be selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 19th overall pick in the 2024 mock draft by ESPN’s Matt Miller. He figures to be a late first-round pick or an earlier Day 2 selection.

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