TOLEDO (WTOL) - University of Toledo football standout Diontae Johnson is exiting Toledo to enter the 2019 NFL draft - but not without a heartfelt goodbye to UT.

The All-MAC wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner said it's been an "honor and a privilege to play for such an incredible program, and it will be an experience I will continue to cherish forever."

Johnson was the first Rocket to make All-MAC at three positions since Eric Page in 2011 and had a noteworthy 2017. He finished the season ranked second in the MAC in receiving touchdowns and yards, third in receptions and ended the year tied for fourth in the country in receiving touchdowns.

UT’s Diontae Johnson entering 2019 NFL Draft
Diontae Johnson penned a fond farewell to the University of Toledo to announce his entry into the 2019 NFL Draft.

At the Bahamas Bowl last week, the junior had six receptions for 98 yards, including one touchdown in the Rockets' 35-32 loss to Florida International. He finished the season with 49 receptions for 761 yards and eight touchdowns.

Johnson thanked the university, his coaches and teammates for his UT experience.

UT’s Diontae Johnson entering 2019 NFL Draft
Diontae Johnson will enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

“The University of Toledo family will forever hold such a special place in my heart,” Johnson wrote. “As I close this one chapter, and I prepare to start a new one, I am forever thankful for the skills and knowledge I learned at the University of Toledo, both on and off the field. I will forever be a proud Toledo Rocket, and continue to wear Blue and Gold with PRIDE!”