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BATON ROUGE — LSU tailback Jeremy Hill, a third-year sophomore who gained 1,401 yards last season, announced on his Twitter on Monday morning that he will be entering the 2014 NFL Draft early after telling people close to the LSU football program that he would stay for next season.

"I am a Tiger for life," Hill tweeted on his @JeremyHill33 handle: "I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me. With all that being said, I have decided to forego my junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft."

A member of LSU's athletic department originally said last week that Hill had decided to remain for his junior season because he felt he owed LSU coach Les Miles for the way Miles stood up for him and gave him second and third chances after Hill was arrested twice and pleaded guilty twice to misdemeanor offenses in January of 2012 and in July of 2013.

Hill, 21, is expected to be selected in the second or third round of the draft in May, according to NFL Draft expert Mike Detillier, who said that Hill would likely not have improved that stock by playiing for LSU next season.

Glenn Guilbeau also writes for Gannett Louisiana.

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