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Update: LSU’s Claiborne, Brockers leaving early for the NFL

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UPDATED 4:16 p.m. ET: As reported below, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne announced at a press conference that he is leaving the Tigers early for the NFL.  During the same press conference, teammate and defensive tackle Michael Brockers confirmed that he will be doing the same.

“I can’t thank Coach [Les] Miles enough. This program has done so much for me, and I am very thankful,” Claiborne said.

“I just want to thank everyone at LSU who has helped me throughout my career,” Brockers stated. “It has been an amazing season.”

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In a press release Friday morning, LSU announced a 4 p.m. ET press conference today to discuss the future of two football players – cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

As expected, the immediate future for the former player will include the NFL.

The Associated Press, citing two people familiar with the decision, is reporting that Claiborne will announce this afternoon that he is leaving LSU early for the NFL draft.  The move would come as no surprise whatsoever; Claiborne is widely projected to be a top-five selection in the upcoming draft.

While Tyrann Mathieu‘s and his Honey Badger moniker grabbed the majority of headlines in 2011, Claiborne was hands-down the Tigers’ top cover corner and arguably the best player at his position in the country.  Claiborne came to the Tigers in 2009 as an unheralded three-star recruit, rated as the No. 58 “athlete” in the country according to Rivals.com and “just” the No. 21 player at any position in the state of Louisiana.

Claiborne led the Tigers with six interceptions in 2011, and was a consensus All-American selection.

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8 Responses to “Update: LSU’s Claiborne, Brockers leaving early for the NFL”
  1. chmba says: Jan 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    Hate to lose him but probably right thing for him. Another example of why high school ratings are pretty suspect.

  2. suprmous says: Jan 12, 2012 12:03 PM

    Watch out World, here comes one of the best at doin what has to be done position wise. Big Mo has got a hellva lot of talent and I’m not just sayin it cause he comes from LSU and I’m an LSU fan. He’s just that damned good. I’ve gotta good feelin bout this plus a lot of butterflies in my gut tellin me he’s gonna make it. Prayers to you and the family as always Mo.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:16 PM

    The CowBabies should jump on getting a player of his caliber. God knows, they need it.

  4. mydixienormus says: Jan 12, 2012 12:27 PM

    Is this article insinuating that the recruiting ranking star system is sometimes…..wrong?

    Gasp!

    No Way!

  5. blakebuchanan87 says: Jan 12, 2012 12:40 PM

    Welcome to Tampa Bay, Mo!

    Either he or Blackmon will likely be on the board for us at 5 with Luck, RGIII, Kalil all probably going along with one of them before the Bucs pick.

  6. Deb says: Jan 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    No worries about this young man’s future! Not so long ago, I’d have wanted the Steelers to move heaven and earth to get a defensive back like Claiborne. But he’ll likely go far ahead of our draft position–and unfortunately, the Steelers now have more pressing needs :( I just hope he lands with a good team … not in our division ;)

    Good luck, Morris!!

  7. Mark Boland Jr says: Jan 12, 2012 2:13 PM

    Your only warnings, Mark. Don’t come on here and pimp your site.

  8. Deb says: Jan 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    The Cowbabies have had plenty of players of Claiborne’s caliber. Their coaches–and owner–just can’t figure out how to make them succeed as a unit. Would hate to see Claiborne sucked into that abyss … especially with Rob Ryan as his DC. The guy’s talented, but not someone I’d want coaching my kid.

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