Collins opts to remain LSU Tiger one more season

LSU Tigers offensive tackle La'el Collins

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Finally some good news for the LSU Tigers as one of their best offensive tackles declines to enter the NFL draft and instead opts to stay in his native Baton Rouge to wear Purple and Gold for one more year.

6’5", 315- pound La’el Collins says although he’s spent the past 2 season starting all 25 games for the Tigers, he still hasn’t finished everything he needs to do at LSU.

"I feel like I have so much room to grow. I haven’t maxed out my potential here," Collins said. "I think the bigger question is, why wouldn’t I come back?"

This year, Collins was named Second-Team All SEC.

Even though several of his LSU teammates have decided to test the NFL waters, Collins says his dreams of turning pro can wait one more season.

"For me, it’s always been a dream to play in the NFL," Collins said. "I feel like I’m prepared to play in the NFL, but this 2014 LSU team has a lot to look forward and a lot to accomplish. I look forward to being a part of that."

Last season, LSU lost a record number of ten players to the NFL Draft, many of them on the defensive side of the ball.

This season, the Tigers have lost 6 players to the NFL, many of them offensive stars.

Running back Jeremy Hill, offensive lineman Trai Turner, wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham as well as defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson have all declared they’ll now chase their NFL dreams.