According to Joe Schad, this year has seen a record number of juniors and redshirt sophomores declare to enter the NFL draft early.
Whether they're spooked about the prospect of a rookie salary cap, learned from the Bradford Example, or just like their positioning in the mock-ups, many of the country's top players won't be finishing their degrees like their mothers had hoped.
Here are five of the last remaining players who could still declare for the draft. They've got until Jan. 15 to decide. Stay tuned.
"What?" you ask. "But Locker's already declared his intention to stay!"
Yes, but the USC athletic administration just whiffed on Jack Del Rio after missing out on Mike Riley and barely enticing Jeff Fisher. Washington head coach and ex-offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has to be somewhere on their list of coaches that can replace Pete Carroll.
Plus, Sarkisian's already used the Worldwide Leader as a passive-aggressive launching pad for his candidacy, telling them he "hasn't been contacted," which equates to waving a hanky in their direction.
Losing Sarkisian as a mentor would seriously derail Locker's ambitions for a Pac-10 title and further improvement in a pro-style system at Washington. He's guaranteed to go high in the draft and maybe even complicate the battle for "First QB Taken."
Sark's not waiting for you, bud; you best not wait around for him.
His brother Maurkice is splitting the band up by entering the NFL draft, and though I have a lot of respect for Mike's decision to return for his senior season, it's probably not in his best interest.
A host of other Florida players are departing, including the most recent defection, junior safety Major Wright. Plus, with a new quarterback and an iffy defense, tough times could be ahead for the Gators. Off of a solid season, I think it's best the Pouncey Brothers show a little solidarity.
The Gronk just needs to meet with his doctor and get the OK on a lingering back issue, and it looks like he'll declare for the NFL draft.
The Arizona tight end was like a poor man's Jermaine Gresham this season, missing most of the year and serving as the Cats' de facto cheerleader after injuring his back and undergoing surgery.
He's wise enough not to test another year in college, even if his stock has taken a hit.
If the returns from the Doc are favorable, he's out.
He's testing the waters to see where he lands, but the Pac-10's top defensive tackle is hesitating to declare his intentions.
As of the Las Vegas Bowl, he seemed to be leaning towards coming back.
A lot depends on the results he gets from the draft committee. If they're favorable, it could tip the balance towards an early entry off of a very accomplished season for the JUCO transfer.
Jackson has been waffling all week on the subject of his early entry.
He's no first-rounder, but he'll be selected and is coming from one of the best defensive secondary coaching staffs in the country, so his stock could rise.
Most indications are that the Tide defensive back will turn pro a year early, but he better get on that decision quick. Nick Saban loathes indecision, along with about a million other things.