Claiborne makes it official

Morris Claiborne hopes to follow former teammate Patrick Peterson's route to the NFL

Updated: February 9, 2012, 1:10 PM ET
By David Helman | GeauxTigerNation

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The forecast for LSU's returning 2012 roster got a little clearer Thursday afternoon.

As expected, cornerback Morris Claiborne opted to enter the NFL draft a year early. This spring, he'll attempt to become the second straight LSU defensive back to be taken in the top 10 of the draft.

"I'm sad about leaving, but you only get this opportunity once in a lifetime," Claiborne said.

Defensive tackle Michael Brockers was a slightly more surprising departure. Brockers ...

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