The speculation can finally stop: Brett Hundley will not enter the 2014 NFL draft.
UCLA's dynamic sophomore quarterback has been at the center of "will-he-won't-he" talk for several months now, but after seeking feedback from those closest to him, he finally made the decision to stay at Westwood.
Edward Lewis of Rivals.com provided the news and a photo from Hundley's announcement:
#UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has announced he'll stay at UCLA another year.— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) January 6, 2014
This is undoubtedly a major win for the Bruins, as many believed he would take his talents to the pros. Instead, Hundley follows in the footsteps of fellow highly acclaimed sophomore Pac-12 quarterback Marcus Mariota and will return to school.
Hundley said that his draft projection was a wide range when he explored the possibility of going pro:
Brett Hundley said his NFL Draft evaluation was between second and fourth round, with a possibility of the first.— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) January 6, 2014
Still, according to Abbey Mastracco of FoxSportsWest.com, Hundley talked about how close he was to entering the draft:
How close was Hundley to leaving? He said, "It could have been a coin flip at one point in time." #UCLA— Abbey Mastracco (@AbbeyMastracco) January 6, 2014
Hundley still has areas that need improvement, and despite the fact that the Chandler, Ariz., native had a tremendous year he felt he needed more time at the college level to refine his skill set.
In leading UCLA to a 10-3 overall record, Hundley completed 67.2 percent of his throws for 3,071 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 748 yards and added another 11 scores on the ground.
Did Hundley make the right choice?
While Hundley is still a work in progress, he possesses the physical traits—arm strength, dual-threat ability, elusiveness in the pocket—that can't be taught, and it gives UCLA a major boost for next season.
The redshirt sophomore was gaining momentum as one of the top quarterbacks in college football, including Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Zach Mettenberger.
Hundley's decision is one that will have a major impact on the quarterback class and the Pac-12.