LSU RB Ridley headed to draft

LSU RB Ridley headed to draft

Published Jan. 13, 2011 12:00 a.m. ET

LSU leading rusher Stevan Ridley says he's going to the NFL draft, although it's not yet clear whether he can be persuaded to change his mind.

LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says head coach Les Miles and running backs coach Frank Wilson are both hoping to meet with Ridley and his mother in their hometown of Natchez, Miss., to find out if there's anything they can do to bring Ridley back to the Tigers.

The 6-foot, 223-pound junior spent his first full season as a starter in 2010, rushing for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ran for 105 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, in LSU's 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

Ridley announced his decision Thursday with an Internet video posted on his Facebook page.