FAIRFIELD, Ohio — Clemson junior offensive tackle and former Fairfield High School standout Jackson Carman announced Wednesday night that he's declared for the NFL Draft.
Carman said the NFL is his dream.
"My time at Clemson was nothing short of extraordinary," Carman tweeted. "From playing on the biggest stage, winning multiple conference championships, competing for, and winning a national championship - I've had my fair share of incredible moments."
I am declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) January 7, 2021
Thank you #ClemsonFamily for accepting me with open arms, and showing me what it means to be #ALLIN. I will ALWAYS be a Tiger for life. #LongLiveCoachGil 🕊 pic.twitter.com/wRY32r1qQH
Carman, who is 6 feet 5 and 335 pounds, was a second-team All-American in 2020, according to CBS Sports.
"Just super proud of him," Fairfield head football coach Jason Krause told WCPO. "The guy that he's become. The maturity that he's shown and how he's developed has been amazing as a young man."
Congratulations @Jackthejiant we can’t wait to follow you through this next chapter in football and life. The Fairfield Football Family is proud of what you have accomplished and excited for what lies ahead. #onceanindianalwaysanindian https://t.co/X99LFuEXow— Jason Krause (@fairfieldfb) January 7, 2021
He helped to lead Clemson (10-2) to the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Sugar Bowl. Carman played 70 snaps in that game.
Ohio State defeated Clemson 49-24. It was the sixth consecutive College Football Playoff for the Tigers.
Carman was second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and second-team all-conference by the Associated Press.
He played 63 snaps as Clemson produced 541 yards of offense in the ACC Championship Game against No. 2 Notre Dame.
Carman also helped the Tigers win the 2019 national title.
The 2021 NFL Draft is April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland. The draft will be broadcast on ESPN.
Carman, a five-star player at Fairfield, signed with Clemson in December 2017 and completed one of the most publicized college football recruiting journeys ever in Greater Cincinnati.
With over 40 scholarship offers, Carman was also selected as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. He was also a USA Today All-American selection.
He was ranked the nation's No. 1 offensive lineman by the 247 Sports Composite rankings and the No. 1-ranked player in Ohio regardless of position.