Claiborne, Brockers Leaving Early for Draft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU All-American cornerback Morris

Claiborne has decided to leave school a year early to enter the NFL


Claiborne has made his decision public in an announcement

Thursday afternoon with head coach Les Miles at LSU. Also,

defensive tackle Michael Brockers also announced he will enter the


Claiborne, who led LSU with six interceptions this season and

returned one for a touchdown, also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the

nation's top defensive back. In addition, Claiborne was LSU's top

kickoff returner, averaging 25 yards per return with one touchdown

that went 99 yards at West Virginia.

LSU ranked fourth in the Southeastern Conference in pass

defense, allowing 167 yards per game.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Claiborne is projected to be a potential

top 10 pick in April's NFL draft.