Center Lloyd Cushenberry III, left tackle Saahdiq Charles and inside linebacker Patrick Queen announced their decisions to turn pro earlier Wednesday. He announced his intentions via social media Wednesday.
"We just had a ideal year", Jefferson said. The Baton Rouge native concluded his career with 110 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving in No. 1 LSU's 42-25 triumph over Clemson in Monday night's national title game in New Orleans. They were already looking at losing seniors such as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, cornerback Kristian Fulton and offensive linemen Adrian Magee and Damien Lewis, but now have other holes to fill in 2020.
The 6-foot-3, 192-pound wideout enjoyed a standout junior season in 2019, tying for the most catches in college football with 111 while amassing the third-most yards (1,540) and second-most touchdowns (18) in the nation. He is a potential first-round pick in the draft. He finished this past season with 65 tackles, including two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Phillips was LSU's leader in total tackles with 113.
With the deadline for underclassmen to declare fast approaching on January 20, expect many other LSU players to enter the draft as well in the coming days.