New York, NY – Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and up Andrew Luck are among a record 65 players who have been given special eligibility for April's NFL Draft.
The old mark of 56 early-entry candidates was set last year.
Three other quarterbacks will join Griffin, the first Heisman winner from Baylor, and Stanford standout Luck as draft-eligible. Arizona State's Brock Osweiler, Oregon's Darron Thomas and Auburn's Barrett Trotter also left school early.
Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick and running back Trent Richardson left Alabama as national champions to enter the draft.
Other names of note include Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus.
The NFL Draft is set for April 26-28 in New York.