Four players leave LSU football team; Eugene joins Southeastern

Derek Edinburgh Jr. (66) is transferring. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)

Derek Edinburgh Jr. (66) is transferring. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)

Four players have left the LSU football team, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips, defensive backs Jerqwinick Sandolph and Derrick Raymond, and offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh Jr. are no longer part of the team, spokesman Michael Bonnette said.

Lorenzo Phillips

Lorenzo Phillips

All four are from LSU’s 2012 signing class.

Sandolph has joined the Southeastern Louisiana football team, team spokesman Kemmler Chapple said Wednesday. Former LSU safety Micah Eugene will also play at Southeastern. Both are eligible to play next year since they transferred to a school that completes at the Football Championship Subdivision level.

Eugene started two games at safety for LSU last year. He played in the season’s first 10 games and did not report for bowl practice in mid-December. Sandolph, a sophomore from Boutte, played in three games in 2013 but was not listed on the depth chart. He was a three-star prospect out of Hahnville High.

Phillips, a third-string linebacker from Patterson, has enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and hopes to eventually return to LSU, said Patterson High coach Tommy Minton. Phillips left for academic reasons.

“If he can get his stuff straight, he wants to come back,” Minton said.

A redshirt freshman, Phillips played in the first nine games of this season in a reserve role. He did not play in the final four games of the year. He was listed as the third-string weak-side linebacker behind senior starter Lamin Barrow and sophomore backup Deion Jones. Phillips was credited with four tackles in 2013.

Phillips exited Patterson High as a four-star rated prospect. He was the 22nd-best player at his position nationally, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Jerqwinick Sandolph played in three games this season. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Jerqwinick Sandolph played in three games this season. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Raymond and Sandolph did not make the trip with LSU to the Outback Bowl.

Raymond, a redshirt freshman from East Jefferson High, did not play this season and was listed as a third-string cornerback behind Tre’Davious White and Jalen Collins. He was a three-star prospect out of high school.

Edinburgh, a redshirt freshman from Edna Karr, did not play this season and was not listed on the final 2013 depth chart. He was rated four stars out of high school and was ranked as the 33rd-best tackle in the nation.

Phillips joins running back Jeryl Brazil at East Mississippi Community College. Brazil was dismissed in December following a third arrest in three months. East Mississippi Community College, located in Scooba, Miss., won the junior college national championship two of the last three years.

In total, LSU has lost six members from a 2012 signing class ranked No. 14 nationally by 24/7 Sports’ composite team rankings. Phillips, Sandolph, Raymond and Edingburgh join quarterback Jeremy Liggins and linebacker Trey Granier who are no longer on the team.

Liggins never made it to campus, and Granier transferred during 2012 fall camp.

In all, LSU will lose 25 players from the 2013 team: the four most recent departures, Brazil and Eugene, six underclassmen who left early for the NFL draft and 13 seniors.

The NCAA allows teams to sign a maximum of 25 players on National Signing Day, set for Feb. 5. LSU has 18 commitments. The NCAA allows teams to have 85 players on scholarship.