A&M's Dodson declares for NFL Draft

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- Tyrel Dodson becomes the second Texas A&M football player in as many days to declare for the NFL Draft (Jace Sternberger - Tuesday) and will forego his final year of eligibility in Aggieland.

The Franklin, Tennessee, product made the announcement on his twitter page Wednesday morning.

Tyrel made an immediate impact on the defense as a sophomore in 2017 leading the team in tackles with 105.

While he was number two this season in tackles with 70. He had a pair of defensive scores this year. He returned a blocked field goal against Louisiana Monroe for a score that was our KBTX Sports number 9 play from the 2018 regular season.

And then in Monday's Gator Bowl win picked off his first pass of the season and returned it for another defensive score.

Tyrel said after the Gator Bowl win that Coach Fisher made him a better person by encouraging him to take care of his business off the field first.

"Coach Fisher always preached about who you are off the field is who you are on the field. I take that very personally now and just seeing me take care of my academics it's easy to take care of on the field stuff. It's all a snowball affect. Once you do one thing good it turns into a habit. I think Coach Fisher did a great job coming in and installing that toughness, effort, discipline, and pride into us and I'm very grateful he came here," said Dodson.

Tyrel finishes his Aggie career with 202 total tackles and 3 interceptions. He made the most of his picks returning 2 for touchdowns including his very first one last season against the University of Louisiana.