From the Austin American-Statemen’s Suzanne Halliburton :

RB Jamaal Charles, who said only a week ago he was staying at Texas, has decided to leave school early for the NFL.

Charles becomes the second Longhorn in Mack Brown™s 10 years at UT to leave school early. He went home to Port Arthur after the Holiday Bowl and changed his mind about the staying in Austin. Those close to Charles said last month he was receiving pressure from friends and family back home to go pro.

I can’t really argue with Charles’ decision ; 2nd round picks generally get paid more than seniors at UT, and while it would’ve been fun to watch him aim for a 2000 yard + season in college, his professional shelf life would be short enough, as is.