Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill (33) reacts and celebrates after he scored a touchdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hill explains decision to leave LSU for the 2014 NFL Draft


Jeremy Hill declared for the 2014 NFL draft earlier this week after a 1,401 yard season in his second season at LSU and explained his decision-making process with ESPN 104.5 earlier on Friday.

Hill said it was a very tough decision for him and his family and he I went back and forth after the Outback bowl and after a lot of research he said he felt it was best to head to the next level.

He made his decision a day before he made his official announcement and was really solid with the decision after initially going back-and-forth and said the reports of him deciding to come back were inaccurate.

Les Miles and Cam Cameron explained their plan for Hill if he came back for his third year and how they would use him in the offense with a young quarterback in place. They told him he would be able to piggy-back off his record-breaking performance in the Outback Bowl.

However, he said you shred a lot of miles playing in the SEC and coming back and risking injury at a position with such a short life weighed heavily on his mind as he thought about his future.

He did ponder showing incoming freshman Leonard Fournette the ropes and taking him under the wings but is sure he will have a lot of success at LSU without him present.

The NFL Draft advisory said Hill was “one of the top running backs” coming out this year and Hill believes he is the top back which aids his training and mentality to have that confidence about your game.

Hill wants to work on slimming down form his 235-pound frame to around 220 for the combine and improving his 40 time, improving his ability in cone drills and perfecting himself in everything that he does. Hill is shooting for a 4.4 40-yard dash.

Hill is competing with Carlos Hyde from the Ohio State Buckeyes Ka’Deem Carey from the Arizona Wildcats to be the first running back taken in May’s draft.

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