RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley will skip the 2020 college football season.
The story was first reported by ESPN’S Adam Schefter, who also posted a video of Farley making the announcement from home.
“After much consideration with my family, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 college football season and begin preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft,” Farley said in the video. “I am opting out due to uncertain health conditions and regulations and all the other opt-outs going on in football right now.”
Farley’s mother, Robin, died in 2018 due to illness.
“I cannot afford to lose another parent or loved one,” Farley said. “Though the competitor in me badly wants to play this season, I cannot ignore what’s going on in my heart and I must make the decision that brings me the most peace.”
Farley thanked his coaches, teammates and supporters.
Schefter said that Farley projects as a first-round pick.
Farley, who was entering his redshirt junior season, was a first-team all-ACC pick last year, leading the league in passes defended (16) and finishing in a tie for interceptions with four.