Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson is headed to the NFL.

Simpson announced that news via ESPN on Wednesday morning. Simpson spoke with ESPN’s Pete Thamel about the decision to forego the remainder of his eligibility.

“It’s amazing,” Simpson told Thamel. “It’s definitely a dream come true. Me and my family all talked, and I was able to sit down with my coaches. I felt like this was what’s best for me. I worked my whole life for this opportunity.”

Simpson had an excellent career at Clemson. He recorded the second-most tackles on the team this season with 72. He also had 4 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this season.

On Tuesday night, Dabo Swinney announced that Simpson will not play in the Orange Bowl due to an ankle injury. Simpson initially suffered the injury during Clemson’s ACC Championship Game win over North Carolina on Dec. 3.

However, Simpson is expected to be ready to compete in the NFL Combine early next year. He’s a potential first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

It’s unclear who will start in Clemson’s place at linebacker in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers will face Tennessee on Dec. 30.