LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is headed to the NFL.

Stingley announced his plans to leave school and enter this year’s draft pool on Thursday. The move was an expected one for the highly-regarded prospect.

Stingley is the grandson of the late Darryl Stingley, who was a 1973 first-round pick and wide receiver for the Patriots. The elder Stingley’s career came to an end when he suffered a severe spinal injury on a hit from Raiders safety Jack Tatum in a 1978 preseason game. Stingley was left a quadriplegic