Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers offensive tackle La'el Collins (70) blocks as Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Mike Hardy (98) rushes during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Jeremy Hill trying to convince linemen to return to LSU

Jeremy Hill is returning to LSU for his junior season and the Tiger’s standout running back is hoping he can recruit some of his top offensive linemen to return to Baton Rouge for one more season and bypass the 2014 NFL draft.

LSU left tackle La’el Collins is “wrestling” with the decision to turn pro, a source told Ross Dellenger of the Advocate on Wednesday and Hill, his former high school teammate at Redemptorist High in Baton Rouge, is doing his best recruiting effort to keep the rapidly-improving left tackle on campus.

The 6-5, 315-pound former top recruit projects as a second or third round tackle and is the No. 59 ranked prospect and No. 8 tackle, according to CBS Sports.

On Jan. 3 I wrote about Trai Turner joining Athletes’ Performance, a company that trains athletes for the NFL combine and a likely announcement of his declaring for the draft should be coming soon. However, five days later there has been no official statement from Turner who is also getting the same recruiting pitch from Hill to return for one more season at LSU.

The two offensive linemen would be crucial in opening holes for Hill who is coming off a 1,401-yard season and for top recruit Leonard Fournette while protecting Anthony Jennings or whoever wins the starting quarterback job this fall.

Turner is not listed among the top 56 guards according to CBS so another year in college would be an awfully smart decision to avoid making a regrettable decision of entering the draft and potentially being undrafted.

Collins on the other hand has a much tougher decision as he could move up the draft rankings with an impressive showing at the NFL combine and LSU pro day. However, a return to LSU could boost him from a late second or early third round pick to a potential first rounder.

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