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Irish's C.J. Prosise to enter NFL draft

Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise is going pro.

The redshirt junior announced his decision to enter the NFL draft on Saturday on Instagram.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Prosise played 11 games this season, rushing for 1,032 yards and 11 touchdowns on 156 carries. He added 26 catches for 308 yards and another touchdown.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Prosise as the third running back in the 2016 draft class, behind Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama's Derrick Henry.

Prosise, a former ESPN three-star prospect out of Woodberry Forest (Va.) High, joined the Irish in 2012 as a safety before moving to receiver for 2013 and '14. He was moved to the backfield in the spring of 2015 to combat depth issues, and he quickly found himself as the No. 1 back, following the suspension of Greg Bryant and the season-ending knee injury suffered by Tarean Folston.

Given the breakout of freshman Josh Adams this season -- and the potential return of Folston, who will be a redshirt junior in 2016 -- the Irish should be able to weather Prosise's departure.