The LSU Tigers continue to watch their underclassmen flock to the pros and the latest announcements are coming from a trio of underclassmen. Per ESPN’s Joe Schad LSU defensive linemen Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo and Bennie Logan have played their last games for the Tigers and will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
“We are fortunate at LSU to be able to recruit the style of high school player that can develop very quickly into an NFL caliber athlete,” head coach Les Miles said in a statement. “The good fortune is that we invest in them, coach them and prepare them for the next step of their career. Generally speaking, every one of these guys is in position to return to school (during the offseason) to get their degree and one (Kevin Minter) has already graduated.
“We recruit very talented players with the understanding that there’s a choice that they may have to make following their junior year. It’s an individual decision and one that has to do with them and their family. I met with each player and provided them with as much information as I have so that they can make a quality decision in regards to their future. We wish these guys great fortune as they pursue this next step.”
Both Montgomery and Mingo are considered to be first-round prospects and each player has the potential to be selected in the top 20 picks.
Logan will be an intriguing prospect for teams once the top tier defensive tackle prospects are off the board.
Montgomery, Mingo and Logan bring the tally of LSU underclassmen making the jump to the NFL up to nine. They join Eric Reid, Tharold Simon, Brad Wing, Kevin Minter, Spencer Ware and Tyrann Mathieu, who did not play in 2012, in the 2013 draft class.
Luckily for LSU, their roster is stacked with talent and they will be able to reload for next season.
You can stay up to date with the latest underclassmen declarations with our 2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declarations Tracker.