TAMPA, DEC. 17, 2013 – University of South Florida redshirt sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral) has informed the school that he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and declare himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

“We thank Aaron for his contributions to our program over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future,” USF head coach Willie Taggart said. “We look forward to Aaron representing USF well in the NFL.”

Lynch led USF with six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in the 2013 season, his first playing for the Bulls. The 6-6, 244-pound defensive end earned first team All-AAC honors while posting 30 tackles on the season. He previously earned Freshman All-America honors while playing the 2011 season at Notre Dame. He transferred to USF prior to the 2012 season, which he sat out under NCAA transfer rules.

USF has had 22 players selected in the NFL Draft since 2001.