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LSU reportedly loses Rueben Randle to NFL, too

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With two departures already confirmed — and one all but confirmed — LSU has reportedly lost yet another player to early entry into the April draft.

First reported by TigersSportsDigest.com, and subsequently confirmed by ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, Tigers wide receiver Rueben Randle has decided to leave the Tigers with a season of eligibility remaining and enter the NFL draft.  The website wrote that Randle’s “decision was made during a family dinner in Bastrop, La., on Wednesday night, and the papers were sent off on Thursday afternoon.”

In 2011, Randle led the Tigers in receptions (53), receiving yards (917) and receiving touchdowns (eight).  Randle came to LSU as a five-star member of its 2009 recruiting class, rated as the No. 1 receiver in the country; the No. 2 player at any position in the country; and the No. 1 player in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com.

Thanks to, um, uneven quarterback play during his three years in Baton Rouge, Randle never statistically lived up to his advanced billing — his career totals read 97 catches for 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns.  That, though, says more about the players getting him the ball than it does about a 6-3, 195-pounder who has the talent and athleticism to carve out a successful career at the next level.

LSU announced earlier Thursday that cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers were leaving for the draft; it’s unclear if/when the Tigers will make a similar announcement regarding Randle.

Additionally, receiver Russell Shepard intimated earlier this week that he was leaving LSU.  The departure — either for the NFL or another school — has yet to be confirmed.

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6 Responses to “LSU reportedly loses Rueben Randle to NFL, too”
  1. suprmous says: Jan 12, 2012 10:37 PM

    Hope this works out if it’s what he really wants.

  2. jason1214 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:43 PM

    Wow, and I thought Bama took a huge hit today.

  3. mrslay1 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:52 PM

    Who could blame him, Lsu does have a good power running offense. However, they do not throw the ball very well and never have. Even in years where they throw some it’s not what they really do. Maybe with the new QB’s coming up that might change some, but not a great deal under Les. That’s just not his style of football. But he may change:-)

  4. iplaybad says: Jan 13, 2012 4:56 AM

    If Randle went to Arkansas or UGA, he would likely be a top 20 pick given the strength of their QBs to produce numbers. Randle will be a second/third round steal. His ceiling is extremely high. Describing LSU QBs’ ability to throw as “inconsistent” is very generous. They were suspect.

  5. kdbroom says: Jan 13, 2012 7:52 AM

    Yep, the QB play at LSU will cost him millions unless he is a monster at the combines. Problem is…he’s not incredibly big, nor incredibly fast….by NFL standards. Hope it works out for him. I just suspect he would do a lot better if he had waited a year. The LSU passing game should be much better next year, even if LSU is still predominantly a running team.

  6. pdmjr says: Jan 13, 2012 8:58 AM

    R U crazy?

    Randle has everything an NFL team would want

    Size speed athleticism

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