LSU Football: Kenny Hillard to Return, Alfred Blue and Trai Turner to Leave

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Kenny Hilliard #27 of the LSU Tigers avoids a tackle by Robert Siavii #1 of the Idaho Vandals at Tiger Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU Tigers defeated the Idaho Vandals 63-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The judgement came down for several LSU Tigers contemplating their futures and the NFL draft Monday afternoon.

While the headline news was regarding star running back Jeremy Hill's decision to forego his junior campaign and head to the pros, several other key players made their decisions as well.

Easing the pain of Hill's departure was running back Kenny Hilliard, who elected to return for his senior season, as he announced on Twitter.

While one running back is returning, another will also be departing. Alfred Blue was recently granted an additional season of eligibility, but Shea Dixon of cited LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette saying that the Boutte, La., native won't be back in 2014.

Rounding out the announcements was offensive guard Trai Turner, who chose to head to the next level, as tweeted by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

So, what does this all mean? Well, as Ross Dellenger of The Advocate detailed, there are still a few final decisions left to be made. But regardless, LSU have a lot to replace in 2014.

The Tigers will still return three starters—Vadal Alexander, Elliott Porter and Jerald Hawkins—on the offensive line, even if La'el Collins decides to depart along with Turner. 

Additionally, they figure to be well set at running back as well. They'll return No. 2 running back Terrance McGee, who netted 626 rushing yards and eight touchdowns a year ago, as well as Hilliard, who tallied 310 yards and seven scores. Most importantly, LSU will welcome the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation, 5-star running back Leonard Fournette.

All signs point to Fournette being the go-to playmaker in Baton Rouge next year. 

The Tigers are also expected to lose receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., but they could also bring in two game-ready receivers, Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre.

All of these losses would be crippling to most teams, but to LSU, which recruits as well as any program in the nation, it could be as simple as reloading with fresh talent in 2014.