CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley couldn't be lured by the color of money, but he was close to entering the NFL draft a year early.
Earlier this week, Beasley announced he was staying at Clemson for his senior season. On Friday, Beasley spoke publicly for the first time since making his decision, saying he wanted to complete his education and earn a degree before he chases his NFL dreams.
Beasley made the decision to stay in school on Wednesday, which was the deadline for juniors to declare for the draft.
"The most important thing was getting my education , and secondly, just maximizing my opportunity as a player," said Beasley. "It was hard for me to leave Clemson University without my degree and not being the best player that I know I can be."
Beasley was projected as a possible first or second round draft pick, and leading up to the Orange Bowl earlier this month it seemed he would be playing his last game as a Clemson Tiger.
Beasley says after conversations with his family and head coach Dabo Swinney he was able to reach his decision.
As a first-year starter, Beasley led the ACC in sacks by collecting 13, and ranked second in tackles for loss with 23. He has 21 career sacks and is just eight sacks away from breaking the Clemson career sacks record.