Record 65 underclassmen enter NFL draft

A record 65 underclassmen declared for the NFL draft this year, with Miami leading the way with six “defections.”

Andrew Luck leads a record class of early entries into the NFL draft.
(AP)

The NFL made the list official Thursday morning.

National title game participants Alabama and LSU each had three underclassmen leave early; in all, 49 schools, including two in the FCS ranks, had players leave early. Both FCS players were FBS transfers: Southern Illinois RB Jewel Hampton from Iowa and McNeese State DB Janzen Jackson from Tennessee.

Nine SEC teams, all but Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, had players leave early. The ACC was second with eight teams losing players, all but Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia.

Yahoo! Sports first-team All-Americans leaving early are Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Stanford guard David DeCastro, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower, USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.

The previous record for declared underclassmen had been 56 last season; there were 53 early departures in 2010, 46 in ’09, 53 in ’08, 40 in ’07, 48 in ’06, 49 in ’05, 43 in ’04, 54 in ’03, 43 in ’02, 54 in ’01 and 31 in 2000.

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Underclassmen entering draft

Alvester Alexander, RB, Wyoming
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
Mike Ball, RB, Nevada
Jamison Berryhill, RB, Texas
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Tiree Eure, TE, Minnesota
Marcus Fortson, DT, Miami
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Dorian Graham,WR, Syracuse
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois
Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Max Holloway, DE, Boston College
Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Janzen Jackson, DB, McNeese State
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Aldarius Johnson, WR, Miami
Damaris Johnson, WR, Tulsa
Chandler Jones, LB, Syracuse
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Ronnell Lewis, LB/DE, Oklahoma
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Terrell Manning, LB, North Carolina State
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Eric Page, WR, Toledo
Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
Nick Perry, DE, USC
Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
Ken Plue, OG, Purdue
Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Riley Reiff, OT, Michigan State
Trent Richardson, TB, Alabama
Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Darrell Scott, RB, USF
Russell Shepard, WR, LSU
Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami
Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon
Johnny Thomas, DB, Oklahoma State
Phillip Thomas, DB, Syracuse
Barrett Trotter, QB, Auburn
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Kenny Turner, WR, New Mexico State
Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami
Brandon Washington, G, Miami
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

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