Underclassmen Tracker: December 22

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

One of the nation’s best pass rushers looks like he’s headed towards the draft, while another is rethinking his options. The complete story including the latest from Virginia Tech in the December 22 underclassmen tracker.

I’ve been told from numerous sources Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State will enter the draft. A Week 6 riser, Chubb finished the season with 21 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and seven quarterback hurries. Once he officially declares, Chubb will add to the long list of talented pass rushers available in this year’s draft.

Conversely I’m told Chubb’s teammate Kentavius Street is expected to stay with the Wolfpack for his senior season.

In a bit of a surprise, Jalyn Holmes of Ohio State has applied for his grade from the advisory committee and is considering a jump to the next level. Holmes was the Buckeyes' top reserve on the defensive line and did not start a game last season. He finished with 33 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

I was hearing Mason Cole of Michigan would return to school for his senior season but have since been told he will reconsider if he gets a high grade back from the advisory committee. Cole tops our board at the center position and is graded as a second-round prospect.

Conflicting information is coming out of Virginia Tech, but those closest to the program tell me when all is said and done they believe tight end Bucky Hodges, receiver Isaiah Ford and cornerback Brandon Facyson will enter the draft.

I’ve been told none of the three have received high grades from the advisory committee, which is interesting. In the end I believe the trio will find their ways onto the starting roster come Sunday.

Following up on a story we’ve reported for weeks, sources informed me this evening Xavier Thigpen of Southern Mississippi is now rethinking his options and is leaning towards staying in school.  I’m told Thigpen wants to receive his degree off the field and add bulk as well as a more strength so he’s better on the field.