LSU right guard Trai Turner, a draft-eligible sophomore, was favoring a return for his junior season when he last spoke to his former high school coach.
David Johnson, Turner’s coach at St. Augustine High and now an assistant at Tulane, said Turner sounded as if he’d return to school during a conversation earlier this week.
“I felt like he was going to go back to school,” Johnson said Thursday. “He wasn’t sure. Was going to talk to his coaches.”
Turner was not one of the LSU draft-eligible players who was expected to make the early NFL leap, but Athletes’ Performance, a company that trains players for the NFL Combine, announced last week that Turner had joined its program.
Underclassmen have until Wednesday to declare for the draft.
Team spokesman Michael Bonnette did not know if Turner, or any other LSU players, had made a decision on the draft.
Left tackle La’el Collins and running back Jeremy Hill are “seriously considering” returning for next season, a source said Thursday. The Advocate reported earlier this week that Hill was leaning toward returning to school.
Just two LSU players have officially declared so far: defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson. Junior receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are expected to forgo their senior seasons for the draft, but have not yet made an announcement.