Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) returns a kickoff during the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Marqise Lee to announce NFL decision shortly after USC bowl game


There is a very good chance that USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee is preparing to play in the final collegiate game of his career. USC takes on Fresno State on Saturday in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, to help us kick start the bowl season.

Lee is one of the highest profile players in the game, along with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, and the Jan. 15 deadline to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft will begin to get closer for the USC standout.

As a result, Lee is expected to announce his decision on whether or not to declare a few days after the game, but that is not his primary focus right now.

“Right now, you’ve still got a game going on,” Lee said, via College Football Talk. “Thinking about that can affect the way I play. … I try not to think about it as much. Just go through this last little game not worrying about it because I am trying to have a great last game.”

Lee entered the year as one of the most highly touted wide receiver prospects in the nation, but injuries slowed him down at the start of the season.

However, Lee will still be among the first wide receivers taken in the 2014 draft and there is a very good chance that he will hear his name called in the first round.

When Lee announces his decision, it would be a complete shock if he decided to return to USC.

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