USF receiver Carlton Mitchell, the team's top deep threat for the past three seasons, is skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 212-pounder from Tampa's Gaither High, led the Bulls with 40 catches for 706 yards and set USF's single-season and career records for receiving yards. He said last week he had no plans of leaving but changed his mind and became the second USF underclassman to enter the draft.
Junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul announced his departure Wednesday.
Mitchell reached his decision before Friday's news that USF had fired coach Jim Leavitt.
USF likely will have at least six picks in April's draft: Pierre-Paul, Mitchell, defensive end George Selvie, linebacker Kion Wilson, cornerback Jerome Murphy and safety Nate Allen.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer