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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

LSU running back Jeremy Hill announced Monday he will forego his junior season at LSU to enter the NFL draft in May.

"I am a Tiger for life," Hill said via Twitter. "I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me. With all of that being said, I have decided to forego my Junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft."

After sitting out the 2011 season due to legal issues, the Redemptorist High star had flashes of stardom in his freshman season, finishing the year with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In his 2013 breakout season, Hill ran for 1,401 yards, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns.

Hill finished his LSU career in style against Iowa, running for 216 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns.

Hill's departure opens the door for LSU's coveted running back recruit Leonard Fournette from St. Augustine in New Orleans. Fournette verbally committed to the Tigers during the UA All-American Game on January 2.

LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette also confirmed this afternoon that Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are headed to the NFL.

Landry had a huge 2013 season, catching 77 passes for 1193 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Beckham Jr. added 59 receptions for 1152 yards with a 19.5 yard average per catch. He finished the season with eight receiving touchdowns.

Trai Turner, in a statement released by his agent Peter Schaffer, also made the announcement that he would be leaving LSU for the NFL. Turner was a second team AP All-SEC selection.

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