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Nelson-declaring for NFL draft

Wisconsin Badgers' Nick Nelson (11) celebrates with teammates after his return of a punt for a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

University of Wisconsin junior cornerback Nick Nelson tweeted Monday night that he has not made a decision on whether he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft. reported earlier Monday that Nelson, a junior, expected to forgo his final year of eligibility with the Badgers.

"I have not made any decisions on my future," Nelson tweeted. "I am currently focused on this upcoming Orange Bowl . Please stop trying to write my story for me! #OnWisconsin"

Nelson played two years at Hawaii before moving to Madison and sitting out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

In his first year on the field for the Badgers this season, he earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors and broke the single-season school record for pass breakups with 20.

Two other UW juniors — inside linebacker T.J. Edwards and offensive lineman Michael Deiter — are also prime candidates to enter the NFL early. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15.

Nelson's departure would force the Badgers to replace their top two cornerbacks next season. If Edwards also decides to leave, UW would field eight new starters on defense in 2018.

NOTE: This story was updated to include Nelson's denial of the initial report.

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Jason Galloway is the Wisconsin Badgers football beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.