Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) is tackled by Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Damarious Randall (3) after a reception during the first half in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech Tight End Jace Amaro Declares Himself Eligible for NFL Draft

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury celebrates with tight end Jace Amaro (22) at the end of the 2013 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Qualcomm Stadium. Texas Tech defeated Arizona State 37-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After breaking the single-season receiving yards record for a tight end last night in the Holiday Bowl and earning unanimous All-American status, Texas Tech junior Jace Amaro is declaring for the NFL Draft.


His announcement comes in the wake of Tech’s 37-23 win over No. 14 Arizona State in San Diego, where Amaro caught eight passes for 112 yards, bringing his single-season total to 1,352 receiving yards, a new FBS record.

Amaro is projected as a first-round pick and it isn’t hard to see why. Who wouldn’t want a 6-5/260 animal who runs like a gazelle and hits like a train? His numbers, highlights and post-season accolades speak for themselves.

Ultimately this is the best decision for everyone involved. Good for Amaro, good for Texas Tech and good for whatever team drafts him. He’ll make money, Tech will earn recognition and Kingsbury will have something to sell recruits.

Guns up, Jace! Thanks for being a Red Raider.

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