ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -All-American defensive end Aaron Maybin will skip his final two seasons at Penn State and declare for the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore led the Big Ten with 12 sacks and finished with 49 tackles - 20 for loss - as the Nittany Lions went 11-1 before losing 38-24 to Southern California in the Rose Bowl.
Maybin will be one of the top defensive ends available and is a likely first-round pick.
''Leaving Penn State was one of the most difficult decisions I've faced,'' Maybin said in a statement. ``In the end, I've decided this is an opportunity I would like to pursue.''
Maybin announced his decision after speaking to students at his former high school, Mt. Hebron, in Ellicott City.
A year after recording four sacks in spot duty, Maybin emerged as a defensive leader and helped Penn State rebound from a series of off-the-field distractions.
ckles, Chris Baker and Phil Taylor, were kicked off the team over the summer for undisclosed reasons.
Maybin led a Nittany Lions defense that allowed just over 12 points per game during the regular season and would likely have played for the national championship if not for a last-second field goal in a 24-23 loss to Iowa.

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