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Friday, January 4, 2013
LSU's Eric Reid to forgo senior year

By Gary Laney
GeauxTigerNation

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU All-American safety Eric Reid has decided to enter the NFL draft and forgo his senior season, he announced Friday through a school news release.

Reid, ranked No. 3 among junior safeties by ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr. and No. 42 overall by ESPN's Scouts Inc., joins linebacker Kevin Minter, cornerback Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware on the list of LSU juniors leaving early for the NFL draft. Sophomore punter Brad Wing also announced he would be entering the draft.

In the news release, Reid thanked LSU coach Les Miles and called his decision "difficult," but said, "After careful consideration and talking with my family, I feel this is the right time to make this decision."

Simon, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, is rated as the No. 15 cornerback and No. 66 overall by ESPN Scouts Inc.

"I have loved every minute of being an LSU Tiger, and my heart will always remain at this incredible institution," Simon said Friday.

A native of suburban Baton Rouge whose father was a track star at LSU, Reid played on LSU teams that combined for a 34-6 record in three years, reaching 10 wins each year while winning an SEC title and playing in a BCS national title game.

"I've been very fortunate and blessed to have been able to play football at LSU," he said in the news release. "It was always my dream to go to LSU and play football."

In his junior year, Reid led LSU's secondary with 91 tackles and added two interceptions while providing leadership as the lone returning starter in the Tigers' secondary. He finished the year as a consensus All-American and the sixth All-American secondary player to play for Miles, including four in the last three seasons.

In 39 career games, he started 29 with 194 career tackles and six career interceptions.

Ware had a disappointing junior season with 367 yards on 94 carries after he led the team with 707 yards on 177 carries as a sophomore. He was LSU's best third-down back this season, leading the Tigers' backs with 18 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown.

Wing earned All-American honors as a freshman after averaging 44.4 yards per punt. Only 12 of his 59 punts were returned and 27 were downed inside the 20. His average improved to 44.8 yards per punt during his sophomore season. He missed the Chick-fil-A Bowl after being suspended from the team for violation of team rules.

LSU has several other players who are considering leaving after their junior seasons but have not made a decision public.

Defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo are widely expected to leave. Defensive tackle Bennie Logan and running back Michael Ford are also weighing their options.

Information from ESPN's Joe Schad was used in this report.