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2011-12 Underclassmen Draft Declarations Tracker

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In an effort to keep all of the underclassmen declarations in one handy, easy-to-find location, we’ve created this page and will update it as the official word comes down that a player is leaving collegiate eligibility on the table and making the early leap to the NFL. The deadline for draft-eligible players to officially file their paperwork with the NFL is Jan. 15.


Robert Griffin III*, Baylor (1/11/2012)
Andrew Luck*
, Stanford
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (1/6/2012)
Darron Thomas*, Oregon (1/14/2012)
Barrett Trotter*, Auburn (1/16/2012)


Alvester Alexander, Wyoming (1/14/2012)
Edwin Baker
, Michigan State (1/7/2012)
Mike Ball
, Nevada (1/3/2012)
Jamison Berryhill**, Texas
Bryce Brown, Kansas State (1/13/2012)
Jewel Hampton*, Southern Illinois (1/14/2012)
Ronnie Hillman
, San Diego State (1/4/2012)
LaMichael James, Oregon (1/6/2012)
Lamar Miller
, Miami (12/12/2011)
Bernard Pierce, Temple (1/6/2012)
Trent Richardson, Alabama (1/12/2012)
Darrell Scott*, USF (1/3/2012)
David Wilson, Virginia Tech (1/6/2012)


Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (1/3/2012)
Chris Givens
, Wake Forest (1/1/2012)
Dorian Graham, Syracuse
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (1/5/2012)
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (1/5/2012)
Aldarius Johnson**, Miami
Damaris Johnson*, Tulsa (1/11/2012)
Eric Page, Toledo (1/12/2012)
Rueben Randle, LSU, (1/12/2012)
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers (1/3/2012)
Tommy Streeter
, Miami (12/5/2011)


Dwayne Allen*, Clemson (1/6/2012)
Orson Charles, Georgia (1/11/2012)
Tiree Eure**, Minnesota


David DeCastro*, Stanford (1/4/2012)
Peter Konz*, Wisconsin (1/10/2012
Matt Kalil
*, USC (12/16/2011)
Jonathan Martin*, Stanford (1/4/2012)
Bobby Massie, Ole Miss (1/7/2012)
Ken Plue**, Purdue
Riley Reiff*, Iowa (1/3/2012)
Brandon Washington*, Miami (12/16/2011)


Michael Brockers, LSU (1/12/2012)
Fletcher Cox
, Mississippi State (1/3/2012)
Marcus Forston
, Miami (12/5/2011)
Max Holloway*, Boston College (1/13/2012)
Chandler Jones*, Syracuse (12/30/2011)
Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma (12/26/2011)
Jonathan Massaquoi*, Troy (1/14/2012)
Whitney Mercilus*, Illinois (1/3/2012)
Nick Perry*, USC (12/18/2011)
Dontari Poe*, Memphis (12/23/2011)
Olivier Vernon, Miami (12/16/2011)
Jerel Worthy*, Michigan State (1/5/2012)


Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State (1/3/2012)
Dont’a Hightower*, Alabama (1/12/2012)
Luke Kuechly, Boston College (1/6/2012)
Terrell Manning*, North Carolina State (1/3/2012)


Morris Claiborne, LSU (1/12/2012)
Stephon Gilmore
, South Carolina (1/9/2012)
Cliff Harris, Oregon (1/14/2012)
Jayron Hosley
, Virginia Tech (1/4/2012)
Janzen Jackson**, McNeese State
Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (1/12/2012)
Josh Robinson, UCF (1/8/2012)
Johnny Thomas**, Oklahoma State
Phillip Thomas, Syracuse

(*denotes fourth-year junior)
(**denotes players whose decisions were announced after the deadline had passed)

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21 Responses to “2011-12 Underclassmen Draft Declarations Tracker”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 12, 2011 3:34 PM

    I wonder how many will clear out of LSU and Alabama after the BCS NC. UGA will probably lose Orson Charles, the really good TE, although he has not said anything publicly yet about it.
    I hate for any schools to have to lose players to the NFL early, although I know nothing will be done to stop it or can be done for that matter. I guess it just has to be handled because we know a lot of them are only in college, to get ready for the NFL.

  2. urfinished says: Dec 12, 2011 3:38 PM

    that would almost seem like players from Da U aren’t there to get an education. This should be huge news.

  3. florida727 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:59 PM

    JT, thanks. This list will get obscenely long is no time flat. Too bad the NFL doesn’t care about protecting the integrity of the college game. I like what MLB did a long time ago… once you commit to college, you can’t be drafted until your college class graduates. Different physical toll obviously in football than baseball, but not a bad practice to implement. Would prevent situations where a kid washes out of professional sports and spends the rest of their life saying “paper or plastic”. At least the kid could have a degree to fall back on… assuming he takes the academics seriously.

  4. woebegong says: Dec 12, 2011 4:00 PM

    I will take it that you said that, tongue firmly in cheek. The kids coming into college these days don’t make any secret about it, and every coach is going to tell him,how they can get him to the next level. It is a shame that so few don’t realize that they need something to back them up, if an injury derails their dreams, or they find out, they are just average in college ball. Maybe, without the 3 and out to the NFL in place, some kids might make an honest effort to do their studies. Of course that would only work if colleges, were not allowed to have special tutors, degree programs that don’t prepare you for anything, and higher classroom loads. I would bet there have been more athletes derailed by failures in the class room than by injuries in the time they are in college. One only need look at the supposedly mental skills test, used to evaluate them and the fact that most junior high school kids, do better on that test than do the NFL prospects required to take it. Money rules the day at both levels anyway, so nothing will change.

  5. blitz4848 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    Blackmon from OK ST has already had his senior day as a junior.

    He along with several dozen or more other high profile players will slowly make their announcements.

    Many have already informed their coaches to help them know how to recruit. Coaches, in turn tell potential recruits that certain stars are leaving, opening the door for more playing time.
    Many times that leads to the news being “leaked” before the athlete announces.

    In response to a prior statement–colleges “use” these players and why should they take 4 yrs of physical pounding if they are good enough to turn those last 2 yrs into “getting paid for the pain and suffering years!”

    College football is a business and the players are entitled to ca$h in after 2 yrs.

  6. vtsquirm says: Dec 12, 2011 4:09 PM


    no way the NFL would ever let kids straight from High School come into the league (which is what it sounds like you are proposing).

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:14 PM

    The U is just a stopping place for kids to jump to the NFL. It’s (funny?) that all three are from Miami from you first post on this subject. I guess the illegal payments they’ve been getting there INSTEAD of an education is just not enough to hang around. Surprised? NO.

  8. woebegong says: Dec 12, 2011 4:15 PM

    Easy enough to solve the dilemma of kids going to college that don’t have the grades to be there. Let the NFL have it’s own instructional league or minor leagues as it could be called. All the NFL does is let the NCAA football schools be their minor leagues as it is now. The NFL has the money to do that, but this is yet another pipe dream as it will never happen. The colleges make too much money off of their football programs to let that happen

  9. texbornlsufan says: Dec 12, 2011 5:09 PM

    Majority of the key underclassman at LSU are sophmores and can’t go to the NFL. The only key player is Claborn and he will be a Top 10 pick.

  10. gorilladunk says: Dec 12, 2011 5:21 PM

    @txborn…I’m sure you know this but sophomores who redshirted CAN go to the draft. Three years after your high school class graduates, you are eligible for the NFL draft. I don’t know if this applies to any of the LSU players, but FYI.

  11. jphoops says: Dec 12, 2011 5:45 PM


  12. florida727 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:02 PM

    No, definitely NOT proposing the NFL let in kids straight out of high school. Good gosh, can you imagine? They’d get killed, I don’t care how “developed” they think they are.

    What I was suggesting is that the NFL modify its rule as to when an underclassman is eligible to be drafted.

    In the NBA, a kid has to go to college for at least their freshman season, right? In baseball, it used to be (don’t believe it is the case anymore) that once you enroll in college, you couldn’t be drafted until your college class graduates.

    The NFL, in the interest of protecting kids from a physical development standpoint, and help maintain the integrity of the college game need to have something in place that bars a kid from being drafted until “x”. Not sure if “x” translates to end of junior season in college, or sophomore season, or whatever. It forces the kids to take their education seriously, especially if they have to stay eligible for a second full season (or a third). In the long run, considering how few players make it to elite status, the kids benefit. Shouldn’t that be the primary concern here?

  13. florida727 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:06 PM

    gorilladunk says:
    Dec 12, 2011 5:21 PM
    @txborn…I’m sure you know this but sophomores who redshirted CAN go to the draft. Three years after your high school class graduates, you are eligible for the NFL draft.
    “gorilladunk”, thanks for the insight. Didn’t read your post before submitting my last one. If that’s the rule (three years after high school class graduates), that seems more than fair. My apologies. I was unaware of that rule. Glad I went back and read it. Thanks again…

  14. radnt says: Dec 12, 2011 6:43 PM

    @txborn…. so your saying Randle, Mingo, Brockers, Peterson, Taylor, Montgomery, Hurst, Ford, and Logan are not going to be missed if they left for the draft?

  15. edweird0 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:52 AM

    LOL after all these years, you guys are STILL bitter old hags who are mad at The U for being so dominant for so long. I guess talking smack makes you feel better about all those losses…

  16. grannylovesus2010 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:12 PM

    this may be on the wrong site,but being in sports for all of 71 yrs with my dear husband being a no! softball pitcher in the usa for 55 yrs,i dnt believe one word of all these coaches being accused of molesting all these high school kids at all?? sds like a conspiracy to me to get rid of them as younger blood is wanting to get in and this is the only way they ca,?? its terrible so many kids wd of stood still while any one wd have done what they claim?? its a conspiracy thats all there is to it! also the ones who have bought all this garbage should be fired! if i was in these coaches shoes there will be hell to pay for ruing thier reputation etc.when spo rts gets this low its times to shut down all activities in college except classes! this is the dirtest low down thing ive ever heard of? i dnt care who you are wd you just stand there and let anyone ram something up your rear? i blame these kids for keeping this a secret if it really happened,which o dnt think it did! heaven help all who have a part in all this disgusting charade! shame on you all,kids included!

  17. tailgatersanimal says: Dec 15, 2011 10:16 PM

    Update this

  18. texbornlsufan says: Dec 23, 2011 11:20 AM


    My committ above said key underclassmen, but here are my thoughts on next years Tiger team.

    1) Peterson is one if the only disappointment this year for his lack of involvement in the offense. We have TE’s returning that can more than fill his void.
    2) Taylor is a senior and probably a 3rd to 4th round pick but had a outstanding year for the Tigers. He will be replaced next year with strong depth at that position.
    3)Hurst is a Jr and will stay more than likely and become ALL SEC / All American next year and be a 1st to early 2nd round pick in 2013. Hurst will be an outstanding pro player.
    4) Randle is a Jr but he will return to upgrade his status in the draft with gunslinging Metenberger next year which will be an awesome QB for the Tigers. Randle will be Top 15 pick with a throwing QB
    5) All the rest are red shirt soph or soph and will all return to join an impressive team that should be ranked #1 to begin the 2012 season next year.

    The big area of concern is linebacker next year but hopefully Minter / Barrow / Jones will fill the gaps.

    We are loaded next year!

    Blackwell will be missed on the O-Line but if Dworaczyk is granted a 6th year for his injury this year the line won’t miss a beat. Lot’s of depth with Soph and Red Shirt Freshmen

    D-Line is loaded with talent and I look forward to seeing the growth and improvement of the freshman FREAK Anthony Johnson he will be a beast over the next few years.

    We will have the best rotation of running backs in the nation as we do now. They are all coming back!!!!

    Simon replaces Clayborn and is just as good.

    All key special team players are back lead by Alleman and THE HONEY BADGER!!!!!!!!!!

    GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!
    This team will be scary good!

  19. tr975 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:01 PM

    Two players who were dismissed by their respective teams have also declared for the draft:

    RB Mike Ball – Nevada–Nevada-Ball-NFL/

    CB Cliff Harris – Oregon

  20. harleyspoon says: Jan 10, 2012 12:27 PM

    There needs to be some in-depth and broad based research dealing with kids who leave early for the pro’s in all sports…How many make it? How many don’t? What happens to these kids once they have lost their amateur status in their sport? Poor old Jim Thorpe got really screwed, didn’t he!!!!

  21. woebegong says: Jan 10, 2012 12:44 PM


    According to what I read this morning, less than 1 percent, to be exact, 8 tenths of one percent of college football player makeit to the next level. I don’t imagine if it were broke down into early departures versus 4 year players it would be much higher separating them into groups meeting those two criteria.
    The statistic was based on the fact that NFL teams will have a maximum of about 15 open spots for new personnel, now that all of these guaranteed contracts have come into play with the NFL. This total would include trades, and waiver pick ups as well. That would leave probably at a maximum 9 draftees, and three to four of those aren’t going to stick with a team. Of course if you are pretty solid and have a good NFL team, your shopping list would be less than 15. NFL teams have to budget carefully and evaluate carefully more than ever now, or you end up with a Jefferson out at Oakland or a Hanesworth out of whatever now. Hanesworth is a little different, since he signed his insanely rich contract after a few years in the league. Still though, it points out the stupidity of some of these contract, so if you are going to invest that much money on one player, he had better be a darn good one.

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