Brian Thomas Jr. Oct 7, 2023; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. (11) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers will need a new starting wide receiver next season, as junior Brian Thomas Jr. has officially declared for the NFL Draft.

Thomas confirmed Tuesday’s news in an Instagram post: “First and foremost, I thank God for putting me in this position. I thank my parents, Sondra and Brian Thomas Sr., for your continued sacrifice, dedication, and support throughout my entire career. Thank you to my coaches and teammates for pushing me to be the absolute best, day in and day out, and to everyone associated with LSU football; it has been an honor to be a part of this excellent program.

“Playing in Tiger Stadium was always a dream of mine, and choosing to attend LSU was definitely one hell of an experience. There is no place like Death Valley on Saturday nights, surrounded by the best fans in college football.

“My time at LSU has been extraordinary and has prepared me to confidently take the next step in my career by declaring for the 2024 NFL draft! I will always cherish my LSU family and carry the experience with me as I pursue my lifelong dream.”

“Forever LSU.”

In three seasons with the Tigers, Thomas went above and beyond. He hauled in the 16th-most receptions in school history with 127, is 16th all-time amongst Tigers with 1,897 receiving yards, and his 24 career touchdown receptions are tied for third in LSU history with Justin Jefferson, behind just Dwayne Bowe (26) and Brandon LaFell (25).

In his final season in Baton Rouge, Thomas hauled in 68 receptions for 1,177 yards and a whopping NCAA-leading 17 touchdown receptions.

[Brian Thomas Jr.]

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