Former Wharton High QB Chase Litton, who has thrown for more than 8,000 yards in three seasons as Marshall's starter, announced via Twitter this afternoon he is declaring for the NFL Draft.
He joins a congested list of underclassmen at his position to declare. Among those previously announcing their intentions to leave school early are 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville, USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Houston's Kyle Allen.
More than 100 total underclassmen already have announced they're leaving school early. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Monday.
Litton, who possesses NFL-type physical dimensions (6-foot-6, 232 pounds), ranks fourth in Marshall history in completions (727), fifth in passing yards (8,332) and fourth in touchdown passes (72).
This past season, he completed 60 percent of his passes (266-of-443) for 3,115 yards with 25 TDs and 14 interceptions. His efficiency rating (131.41) ranked 60th in Division I-A.
Briefly a USF commitment, Litton, 22, threw for nearly 8,000 yards in four seasons at Wharton, and also helped lead the Wildcats basketball team to their lone state tournament appearance in 2013.