North Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron will enter the 2014 NFL Draft following UNC's bowl game, UNC announced Monday.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Ebron leads the Tar Heels with 50 receptions for 774 yards and has three touchdowns.
"I've had a great time in Chapel Hill and I appreciate everything Coach Fedora and the coaching staff has done for me," Ebron said in a statement. "Coming to Carolina allowed me to develop as both a person and a football player. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I look forward to finishing the season with my teammates and then moving on to the next level."
Ebron holds the UNC single-season and career records for catches and receiving yards by a tight end. Entering Saturday's regular-season finale vs. Duke, he has 100 career catches for 1,606 yards.
Ebron is ranked as the No. 12 overall player on ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. He is ranked No. 14 by ESPN's Todd McShay. Both analysts have him as the top tight end in the country.
"This is a good decision by him and his family and I fully support him. We are sad to see him go but are also excited for his future," UNC coach Larry Fedora said.
"I think part of [announcing this now] is he knows this is going to be his last home game and he would like to go through the process that the seniors do where we acknowledge the seniors for their last home game. I'd love for him and his family to be a part of that. So we really wanted to make that announcement today so we could get it over with and out of the way."