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Louisville receiver Jaylen Smith makes his decision on whether to enter NFL Draft

Louisville wide receiver Jaylen Smith (9) out runs the tackle by Mississippi State defensive back Johnathan Abram (38) during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Louisville wide receiver Jaylen Smith (9) out runs the tackle by Mississippi State defensive back Johnathan Abram (38) during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. Associated Press

Pascagoula native Jaylen Smith announced Thursday that he is returning for his senior season at Louisville.

The talented receiver had been seriously considering entering NFL Draft following an outstanding junior campaign, but made clear on Twitter Thursday that he will take advantage of his final season with the Cardinals.

“I'll be returning to Louisville for my last year as a Cardinal,” Smith said in his statement. “Got some unfinished business to take care of.”

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Smith was named First-Team All-ACC after catching 60 passes for 980 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He was quarterback Lamar Jackson's top target as Louisville again had one of the most potent offenses in the conference.

Smith will play his senior year without Jackson, who announced his plans to enter the NFL Draft on Jan. 5.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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