AP Sources: LSU CB Claiborne turning pro

By Brett Martel

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 12 2012 9:25 a.m. MST

LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne (17) talks with reporters during media day for the BCS championship NCAA college football game at the Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. LSU is scheduled to face Alabama for the national championship on Monday, Jan. 9.

Dave Martin, Associated Press

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Two people familiar with the decision say LSU All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne has decided to leave school a year early to enter the NFL draft.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because LSU has not announced Claiborne's decision. LSU has scheduled a press conference Thursday afternoon with coach Les Miles.

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.

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