Reports: LSU WR Chase to skip season, enter draft
Preseason All-American wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase won’t play for LSU, opting out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports Sunday.
Chase is giving up his final two years of eligibility. He was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 from Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, La.
He had a stellar season in 2019, a reliable target for quarterback Joe Burrow en route to the Tigers’ national championship. Chase caught 84 passes and set the Southeastern Conference record for receiving touchdowns (20) and receiving yards (1,780) in a season. He also led the nation in the latter two categories.
A consensus first-team All-American, Chase won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.
He was set to wear No. 7 for the Tigers this season, an honor reserved for the cream of the crop at LSU.
“Ja’Marr is a tremendous football player from the great state of Louisiana that represents our football program with great character and integrity,” coach Ed Orgeron said in March, when he announced the number switch. “(His parents) Jimmy and Toleah have done a great job of raising him and he has worked extremely hard on and off the field to develop as a player, while also becoming an outstanding leader for our team. He’s very deserving of having the opportunity to be the next LSU player to wear number 7. I know he will do a great job of representing that number and all of those who have worn the number 7 before him.”
Previous wearers of the jersey include Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark and, most recently, Grant Delpit.
–Field Level Media