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ASU Football: N’Keal Harry declares for the NFL Draft

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Wide receiver making the jump

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On Monday morning, the Arizona State Sun Devils held a press conference for N’Keal Harry alongside head coach Herm Edwards. Harry announced he’d be declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft and foregoing his senior season in Tempe.

“First of all, I Would like to say thank you to everybody in Sun Devil nation, coaches, my teammates, all the media, all the fans this has been a great ride. This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. Something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”

Harry finished the regular season with 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and 10 total touchdowns, (nine receiving and one rushing). In his three-year Sun Devil career Harry will finish with 213 receptions, 2,889 yards and 22 receiving touchdowns. He also contributed three rushing touchdowns and one punt return score.

Harry was asked about if he’d play in ASU’s bowl game, but said he’d rather celebrate his decision on Monday before thinking about what he will do.

If Harry does not play in the Sun Devils’ bowl game, he’ll finish third in all-time receptions behind Derek Hagan and DJ Foster, as well as receiving yards behind Hagan and John Jefferson. Although, Edwards said that Harry will prepare for the bowl game with the intent on playing, but Edwards, Harry and athletic director Ray Anderson will discuss whether or not Harry will play.

The local kid coming from Chandler High School will forever be established in the Arizona State record books. Harry is rated by 247 Sports as the fifth highest recruit ever in ASU history.

Harry was also asked if it was worth staying in the state of Arizona for college:

“It was 100% worth. This state means the world to me. When I was going through my recruiting decision, I was weighing my options, and I was thinking, ‘Why not Arizona State? Why can’t I accomplish my dreams at Arizona State?’” Harry said. “Of course, my grandmother was part of that decision because I wanted to stay close, I wanted to have her support, I wanted her to see my games, I wanted all my friends to come see me play.”

Harry and redshirt senior Manny Wilkins had a cool moment at the podium on Monday as well. Edwards asked Wilkins if he anything to say, and started by saying this wasn’t for the media, then looked at Harry to his left.

“You changed my life, we left our mark here the correct way. You’ll go down as a legend here,” said Wilkins to Harry.

The Sun Devils will return the other three primary wide receivers they’ve used this season besides Harry next season. Kyle Williams, Frank Darby and Brandon Aiyuk will have plenty of ground to make up in Harry’s departure. ASU will also have John Humphrey back after missing the 2018 season with a torn achilles.

Harry is viewed as a first rounder by many, and possibly the first receiver off the board come April.

Edwards was asked about what he sees in Harry, comparing his to former Cowboys star Dez Bryant.

“It’s a different football at the next level,” Edwards said. “This becomes your life. You have to invest in it. He’s done that as a college player. If you go to practice and watch him practice, you can see why he performs well. It’s on the field. I tell scouts who come to practice, watch how he practices.’ That’s all you’ve got to look.”

However, a lot in the draft stock process changes between now and then. One thing that can’t change are the memories Harry created for himself, teammates and fans of Arizona State.