LSU DT Anthony Johnson declares for draft

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Anthony Johnson was the No. 1 defensive tackle recruit in the class of 2011. (USATSI)
Anthony Johnson was the No. 1 defensive tackle recruit in the class of 2011. (USATSI)

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No defense in the country knows the feeling of seeing talented juniors leave for the NFL Draft than LSU 's, and it looks like nothing will change where the 2014 version is concerned.

Starting Tiger defensive tackle Anthony Johnson tweeted Thursday that he will forgo his senior season in Baton Rouge and enter April's draft. The tweet:

Johnson led LSU with 9 tackles for loss in 2013, his first season as a full-time starter, and finished fifth on the team with three sacks. It speaks to Johnson's immense potential that those numbers were considered slightly disappointing after a sophomore season with 10 tackles-for-loss and three sacks as the third member of the Tigers' tackle rotation.

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Johnson was a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 1 defensive tackle in the class of 2011 coming out of New Orleans' Perry Walker High School, earning the nickname "Freak" for his quickness and agility.

NFLDraftScout.com currently considers Johnson the No. 10 defensive tackle in the 2014 draft class and a third-round prospect.

LSU could lose both of its starting defensive tackles if fellow junior Ego Ferguson also declares for the draft.

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