LSU Wide Receiver Ja'Marr Chase Will Opt Out of Fall Season, Per Report

By Avery DePaola on August 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Ja'Marr Chase will opt out of the 2020 season to focus on the draft.
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Even though LSU plans to go on with their 2020 football season, they'll be without their top wide receiver. Ja'Marr Chase will opt out of the 2020 football season, per a report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. 

LSU star wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase has informed the team that he is choosing to opt out of the 2020 college football season to concentrate on his professional career, sources close to the situation told CBS Sports.

A formal announcement is expected Monday with Chase, the nation's top returning wideout, declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.

"It's 100% happening," a highly-placed source close said Sunday.

Sources said Chase's decision is not specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather, it is believed agents may have simply convinced Chase to leave before his third collegiate season. NFL rules state a player cannot be drafted until three years after his high school graduation.

Chase is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and joins the likes of Rondale Moore, Micah Parsons, Caleb Farley, Rashod Bateman, and Kennedy Brooks who have also opted out of the season to focus on the draft.

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