Day before the draft.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said last month that he had Minter rated as the No. 2 middle linebacker among juniors.

Minter, a fourth-year junior from Suwanee, Ga., finished his career with 206 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He set a school record with 17 solo tackles among his 20 total in a 14-6 loss at Florida on Oct. 6, a game in which he missed most of two series with leg cramps.

His departure leaves the middle linebacker position up for grabs among largely untested players for next season. Ronnie Feist from West St. John High School and Trey Granier from Thibodaux High School playing sparingly as freshmen this season, and sophomore D.J. Welter saw his only action of the season Monday after being academically ineligible during the fall semester.

Meanwhile, several other LSU underclassmen continue pondering their futures as the Jan. 15 deadline for declaring for the draft looms. More announcements are believed to be imminent.

Redshirt sophomore punter Brad Wing, who was suspended for the bowl because of a violation of a team rule, tweeted Monday that he would announce his decision Tuesday, then tweeted on Tuesday that the announcement would come Wednesday. Wing had not announced anything as of Thursday night.

Defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, defensive tackle Bennie Logan, safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon and running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford are other underclassmen believed to be considering turning pro.

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