Les Miles talks future with LSU underclassmen

LSU coach Les Miles met with right guard Trai Turner, left tackle La’el Collins and running back Jeremy Hill this week about their futures, but they continue to weigh their decisions, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said Tuesday.

Bonnette would not confirm that any LSU player has made a decision.

Defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson are the only players who have officially announced their decisions. Both are forgoing their junior season for the draft.

A source told The Advocate on Monday that Hill is leaning toward returning for his junior season.

Hill’s feelings haven’t changed as of Tuesday night.

Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckhman Jr. have made the decision to turn pro early.

An official announcement on Landry and Beckham could come as soon as Wednesday.

Turner, like Hill a draft-eligible sophomore because he did not play his true freshman season, has joined a company that trains players for the NFL Combine. Collins is seen as a second- to third-round draft selection.

He’s the eighth-best offensive tackle in the draft, according to CBSSports.com.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.

Miles met with Turner and Collins over the weekend, Bonnette confirmed. Hill and Miles met Monday, he said.

The result of those meetings is unclear.

“We’re still going through the process,” Bonnette said. “Les has always been very supportive in trying to provide as much information as he can so the best decision can be made.”

Beckham and Landry both met with Miles before this week.

LSU lost 10 underclassmen, excluding dismissed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, after last season. The Tigers, including Landry and Beckham, have lost 20 underclassmen over the past four years.

Final polls

LSU finished No. 14 in both the final coaches’ and Associated Press polls, the first time since 1973 the Tigers have finished in the top 15 of both for a fourth straight season.

The Tigers (10-3) joined six other Southeastern Conference teams in each of the final rankings: Auburn, South Carolina, Missouri, Alabama, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Each poll had the same top five: 1, Florida State; 2, Auburn; 3, Michigan State; 4, South Carolina; 5, Missouri.

LSU’s win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day solidified the Tigers’ fourth straight top-15 season in the coaches’ and AP rankings. LSU finished in the top 15 six straight years in the AP and UPI polls from 1969-1973.

The Tigers were ranked No. 12 in the AP preseason poll.

BCS bashers

The BCS era ended with Monday’s night’s championship game, and LSU finished with the best winning percentage in BCS bowls of any SEC team.

The Tigers went 4-1 (.800) in five games. Other SEC teams to play in BCS bowls include Florida (5-2), Auburn (3-1), Georgia (2-1). Bama (3-3), Tennessee (1-1) and Arkansas (0-1).


Former LSU freshman Jeryl Brazil, dismissed from the team in November after a third arrest in a three-month window, is transferring to East Mississippi Community College, according to his Twitter account. Brazil, of Loranger, was a four-star prospect and the fifth-best player from the state of Louisiana in 2013’s class. … LSU assistants Corey Raymond and Frank Wilson are Nos. 5 and 8, respectively, in 24/7 Sports’ latest recruiter rankings. The pair moved up a combined 38 spots after safety Jamal Adams and running back Leonard Fournette committed to LSU last week. Raymond recruited Adams and Wilson was on Fournette.