LSU confirms four player departures

January, 22, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU on Wednesday confirmed that four reserves -- offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh Jr., linebacker Lorenzo Phillips and defensive backs Jerqwinick Sandolph and Derrick Raymond -- have left the football program.

LSU did not list any of the four 2012 signees on its Outback Bowl roster, and Edinburgh and Raymond did not play at all in 2013. Phillips recorded four tackles through the first nine games before sitting out the final four, while Sandolph made one tackle in three games.

Southeastern Louisiana announced on Wednesday that Sandolph and another recent Tiger -- safety Micah Eugene, who left the program prior to the bowl game -- are transferring to the FCS-level program.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that Phillips left LSU because of academic problems and enrolled at East Mississippi Community College in hopes of eventually returning to Baton Rouge.

He was the highest-rated member of the foursome when they signed with LSU in 2012. ESPN graded Phillips as a four-star prospect and the No. 135 overall prospect in the nation that year. Edinburgh, Sandolph and Raymond were all three-star signees.

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