Texas A&M Aggies LB Anthony Hines III to enter draft after opting out of season

Texas A&M linebacker Anthony Hines III announced on Monday that he has declared for the 2021 NFL draft.

The decision comes after Hines initially opted out in September, saying at the time that he'd recently lost someone close to him due to COVID-19 but that he was not planning on entering the draft, citing his two remaining years of eligibility.

In a social media post on Monday, Hines thanked the coaching staff for being supportive of him throughout the opt-out process.

Hines was Texas A&M's second-leading tackler (73) last season. He ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (10.5) and fourth in quarterback hurries (4).

Texas A&M, despite losing Hines and leading receiver Jhamon Ausbon to opt-outs, has played well this season, ranking No. 5 in the polls with a record of 5-1.

The Aggies defense ranks fifth in the SEC in points per game (25).

Texas A&M, whose game this past weekend against Tennessee was postponed due to COVID-19, is scheduled to host Ole Miss on Saturday.