The list of LSU football players leaving the program early has grown by two more.
Linebacker Luke Muncie and tight end Nic Jacobs have left the program, sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed Friday. That increases the number of underclassmen who have left early to 14.
Muncie played in nine games, starting four this past season, during which he was slowed by a lingering stomach ailment. Muncie made 11 total tackles, one for loss and intercepted a pass. He had one year of eligibility remaining.
Jacobs played in nine games and started one, catching five passes for 58 yards, and was suspended for the final four games for violating an unspecified team rule. He had two years of eligibility remaining.
Tackle Chris Davenport, who already has his LSU degree, said last week that he planned to enroll in graduate school at Tulane and play his final season for the Green Wave.
Eleven other Tigers underclassmen have announced their intention to enter the NFL draft early.
Goodman postpones visit
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman tweeted Friday that he will stay at home in the Los Angeles area this weekend and visit UCLA instead of taking an official visit to LSU as scheduled.
Goodman also tweeted that Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza safety Priest Willis (6-2, 199) will also visit UCLA with him, a nugget sure to send shivers down the spines of LSU recruiting followers.
Willis, ranked as high as No. 41 nationally according to Scout.com, is one of the top targets remaining on LSU’s recruiting board. He took an official visit to LSU a month ago.
Goodman (6-2, 184), ranked as high as No. 46 by 24/7 Sports, may still visit next weekend. But with some projecting him as an outside linebacker, there is a question as to whether he fits into LSU’s class.
Without Goodman, LSU was expected to welcome 11 official visits this weekend.
Chief among their goals will be trying to flip Rummel tight end Cethan Carter (6-4, 240) after his commitment Thursday to Nebraska, and Holy Cross wide receiver Kevin Spears (6-2, 191), himself a commitment to Louisiana Tech last weekend.
LSU’s other officials include committed players such as East Feliciana linebacker/defensive end Kendell Beckwith, Shreveport Green Oaks cornerback Tre’Davious White, Loranger cornerback Jeryl Brazil, Lake Charles Washington-Marion athlete prospect Melvin Jones, Destrehan wide receiver Rickey Jefferson, New Iberia Westgate offensive guard Josh Boutte, Memphis (Tenn.) Central defensive end Frank Herron and Ruston Cedar Creek offensive guard K.J. Malone.
Meanwhile the nation’s
No. 1 prospect, Logansville (Ga.) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, is set to visit Florida this weekend before going to Ole Miss and winding up at LSU on Feb. 1. Ole Miss, where his brother Denzel plays linebacker, is still considered the leader.
LSU is also hoping for a visit next weekend from uncommitted Eddie Jackson (6-1, 178) as it continues to try to bolster its wide receiver corps. Jackson, from Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson, favors Florida State and is set to visit Alabama this weekend and
Arkansas on Feb. 1.
LSU still has 25 commitments and one signee for 2013. The national signing period begins Feb. 6.
Five Tigers in all-star game
Five former LSU players will participate in the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala.
The Stars team will feature wide receiver Russell Shepard, offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk, defensive tackle Josh Downs and defensive end Chancey Aghayere. Place-kicker Drew Alleman is a member of the Stripes team.
The Stripes team also includes McNeese State defensive back Seth Thomas and Tulane defensive back Ryan Travis.
Former Tennessee defensive back Prentiss Waggner, who’s from Clinton, is on the Stars team.
The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is 2 p.m. CST.
Nine-time Super Bowl participant Dan Reeves is the coach of the Stripes Team, and former New Orleans Saints assistant John Levra is one of Reeves’ assistants.
Longtime NFL defensive coordinator Jim Bates is the coach of the Stars Team.
“This gives a chance, an opportunity, for some players to show what they can do in an all-star situation, where you get to come in and show your talent to NFL scouts and coaches that are here,” Reeves said. “It’s a great opportunity. We’re looking forward to it.
“(Bates) and I have talked about it, and we’re going to make it an exciting game and give these guys a chance to show what they can do. It’s an exciting time for us and an exciting time for these players.”