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A star junior college recruit has parlayed his time at the University of Utah into NFL dreams after just one season with the Utes.

Garett Bolles, a junior offensive lineman, announced his intention to enter the NFL Draft via Twitter on Wednesday.

“After much prayer and thought, and after meeting with my coaches and family, I have decided to forego my senior year at Utah and enter the 2017 NFL Draft,” his statement reads.

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The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman from Lehi announced his decision to enter the draft on the one-year anniversary of his commitment to play at Utah. He arrived in Salt Lake City as the No. 3 junior college prospect in the country after playing two years at Snow College, according to ratings from 247Sports.

In 2016, his lone season with the Utes, Bolles started 12 games at left tackle and was named First Team All Pac-12.

According to a report from Sean O’Connell of ESPN 700 in Salt Lake, Bolles received five pre-draft assessments in preparation for his decision. Three of them graded Bolles as a first-round pick, the other two as a second-round pick.

In a mock draft posted Wednesday, the San Diego Union Tribune predicted Bolles’ draft position at No. 40, early in the second round to the Carolina Panthers.

In his announcement, Bolles said his experience at Utah was “incredible” and he credited head coach Kyle Whittingham and offensive line coach Jim Harding for his development.

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