In the end, it was much ado about nothing.
On Wednesday, LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard posted a tweet to his Twitter account that heavily intimated he was either headed for the NFL or transferring away from the Tigers:
“Thanks for your support Tiger Nation…but I have to do what’s best for my family and myself…Geaux Tigers.”
Two days later? Never mind, it’s all good y’all. In an update posted to the same Twitter account, Shepard stated that, after meeting with head coach Les Miles, he will be staying in Baton Rouge for his final year of college ball.
“I would like to tell everyone that I had a great talk with my family and Coach Miles and I will be attending LSU for my senior season,” the tweet read.
Despite the lack of production this season, Shepard’s return is actually good news for the Tigers, if for nothing more than fellow receiver Rueben Randle is reportedly leaving for the NFL. Thursday, the school also confirmed that cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers will make themselves available for the draft.