With the 2020 college football season approaching, many have wondered if players will elect to sit out the season due to the coronavirus pandemic much like players across the NFL have decided in the last several days.
On Wednesday, Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley announced that he would sit out the season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Farley, who was a First-Team All-ACC selection last year after having four interceptions and 16 pass deflections as a redshirt sophomore is the first high profile college football player to choose to skip the season and start preparing for the draft.
Illinois running back Ra’Von Bonner and offensive lineman Jake Cerny also recently opted out of the season.
Farley is a projected first-round pick ranked 12th overall by 247 Sports, 9th overall by The Draft Network, and the top ranked cornerback according to Pro Football Focus.
It’ll be interesting to see if more draft hopefuls will follow the lead of Farley. With the uncertainty of the college football season going without a hiccup and the rumors of the season getting pushed to the spring, more prospects may elect to skip the season and focus on getting ready for the draft instead to avoid injury or illness.