USC receiver Marqise Lee hasn’t officially announced that he’s skipping his final season with the Trojans, but it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see that’s where he’s headed.
Lee told reporters Sunday that he will “probably” announce his decision following USC’s Dec. 21 Las Vegas Bowl game against Fresno State — he just has this “last little game” to take care of first.
Here’s the full quote:
“Right now, you’ve still got a game going on. 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.”
With Lee twice referring to the LVB as his “last” game, you don’t exactly have to wait for the official announcement to begin thinking about where he fits in the 2014 NFL Draft. Lee, a true junior, is expected to be one of the first receivers taken.
In his first two seasons with the Trojans, Lee totaled 191 receptions and 25 touchdowns, including 118 catches and and 14 scores in 2012.
Following Matt Barkley’s departure and battling through injuries, a coaching change, Lee has just 50 receptions and two touchdowns in nine games this season.
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