Toledo wide receiver Eric Page is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the 2012 NFL Draft.
Page has 306 career receptions, tied with former Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White (2007-11) for the most in Mid-American Conference history, but his early jump to the NFL comes as a bit of a surprise. Undersized at 5-feet-10, 192 pounds, he was rated as the No. 6 wide receiver prospect for the 2013 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
Page said he is projected to go between the third and fifth rounds in April.
"It's always been my dream to play in the NFL and I think right now is a great opportunity for me," Page said, according to the Toledo Free Press. "This would have never been able to happen without my teammates, coaches and my family."
Toledo has a new head coach in Matt Campbell after Tim Beckman was hired by Illinois to replace Ron Zook.
Page leaves Toledo as the school's all-time leading in receptions (306) and receiving yards (3,446). Former Rockets wide receiver Stephen Williams, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, was one of the people Page sought advice from in making his decision to turn pro.
"I have been keeping in contact with Eric and I talked to him a bit earlier today," Williams told the Free Press. "I told him if he thinks he's ready and if he can live with it being either the best decision or worst decision he's made then go for it."
Juniors and redshirt sophomores have until Jan. 15 to declare for this year's draft, and until the 18th to withdraw their names as long as they haven't signed with an agent.