Personal decision: LSU juniors announce decisions to return
BATON ROUGE – LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins announced Tuesday that he will put off the NFL for another year and return to school for his senior season.
Collins was one of six LSU juniors who announced that they will be returning to school for their final year including center Elliott Porter, running backs Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee and defensive ends Jermauria Rasco and Jordan Allen.
On the contrary, receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, running backs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue and offensive guard Trai Turner have elected to enter to the NFL Draft.
Collins, a second team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2013, started 12 games for the Tigers this past season, helping LSU to a 10-3 overall mark and a final national ranking of No. 14. LSU set offensive school records for rushing touchdowns (37) and total yards per game (453.3) in 2013.
"When we recruit these guys, we tell them that the goals are your degree, that you play for a championship and that you put yourself in the best position to be drafted to go to the NFL," LSU coach Les Miles said. "It is very much a personal decision."
Joining Collins and Porter as returning starters on the offensive line include guard Vadal Alexander and tackle Jerald Hawkins.
Rasco and Allen are expected to be two of the leaders on the defensive line next year. Rasco goes into his senior season with 83 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks, while Allen has accumulated 16 tackles and two sacks.
Offensively, Hilliard and Magee return as the only tailbacks on the LSU roster with game experience. Hilliard has 1,110 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns in his career, while Magee has 759 yards and eight touchdowns for his credit.