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Boston College running back AJ Dillon declares for NFL Draft

Early projections have Dillon as a third- to fifth-round pick in next spring’s draft.

AJ Dillon finishes his BC career with 4,382 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns, records in both categories. –Barry Chin/Globe staff

From the time AJ Dillon made his arrival at Boston College official in 2017 with a stiff-arm at Louisville that sent shock waves through Chestnut Hill, the question was how long he would stay.

Dillon had his eyes on rewriting the Eagles’ record books as a freshman, and as he mapped it out, his timeline had him doing it in just three years. Now that he has stuck to that schedule — becoming BC’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns this past season — Dillon will make the jump to the next level.

Dillon announced Tuesday his plans to declare for the NFL Draft, content with the career he carved out for himself at BC and ready to embark on the next step in his football journey. He will forgo the Eagles’ trip to the Birmingham Bowl in Alabama Jan. 2 to begin preparations for the NFL Combine.