Arizona State WR Strong to turn pro

Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong announced Monday that he will bypass his senior season and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Strong, a semifinalist for this season's Biletnikoff Award, is considered a possible first-round pick. The junior college transfer has amassed 1,062 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns on 75 catches, all team bests.

"This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I've spoken to my family and we feel it is best for me to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft," said Strong in a statement released by the ASU athletic department.

"I would like to thank everyone who played a part in my success. I am very blessed to have them in my life and I am grateful for that."

Strong came to Arizona State in 2013 after one season at Peirce College and made an immediate impact, recording 75 catches totaling 1,122 and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound wideout's 11 games with 100 or more receiving yards are third-most in school history.

"Jaelen's enormous impact was felt from the first day he stepped on the practice field with us more than 16 months ago," said Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham. "His work ethic, attention to detail and overall football IQ are just a few of his attributes that make him such a special talent. It has been a great pleasure to watch him grow into the young man he has become - a leader off the field and a giver in his community."

Strong will play one final time with the Sun Devils when Arizona State meets Duke in the Sun Bowl on Saturday.