LSU Football: Tigers WR Ja’Marr Chase makes it official

LSU football wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase made his future plans official on Tuesday.

If you were holding out hopes that LSU football wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase would change his mind and opt back into the 2020 season then you’re out of luck.

Chase announced on Tuesday (via Twitter) that he is officially entering the 2021 NFL Draft.

This announcement isn’t exactly shocking. The assumption, even before COVID-19 was a thing, was that Chase, a junior, wouldn’t be in Baton Rouge past the 2020 season.

The Louisiana native was already the best wide receiver prospect in the nation after the 2019 season. Had he been eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft, he likely would’ve been the first wide receiver selected.

One of the best to ever play for LSU football

Chase’s announcement on Tuesday officially ends an LSU career that was short but impactful.

The former four-star recruit, who was rated as the No. 15 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class, wasn’t a huge factor as a true freshman during his first season with the Tigers.

Chase caught 23 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in 2018. Solid numbers for a true freshman, but that was nothing compared to what he accomplished in 2019.

After getting acclimated to the offense and building chemistry with quarterback Joe Burrow, Chase exploded in 2019. The dynamic wide receiver caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Mind-boggling numbers.

Chase won’t be the fastest wide receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft. He won’t dazzle at the combine like former Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III.

But he’s definitely the most complete wide receiver in the draft. And there’s no reason he shouldn’t be the first wide receiver selected — even without playing in 2020.