LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. declares for the NFL Draft

LSU junior cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will be out indefinitely after having a procedure done on his ailing left foot. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

LSU junior cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.

The All-American announced he was leaving LSU in a post on theplayerstribune.com. 

“Growing up as a kid in Baton Rouge, just a few miles from LSU, I always dreamed of playing for the Tigers,” Stingley wrote. “Hearing the fans in Death Valley, getting to have my friends and family watch me in the stands while I wore the purple and gold. It’s something I’ve always envisioned…and the reality was better than anything I could’ve imagined.”

Stingley, a projected first-round draft pick, only played in three games last season. He aggravated a foot injury during practice prior to LSU’s SEC opener at Mississippi State, which required surgery. 

A leg injury limited Stingley to seven starts in 2020. 

Stingley emerged as a star during his true freshman season in 2019. The Dunham product started every game as LSU went 15-0 and captured the 2019 national championship. 

Stingley is the latest LSU player to declare for the draft, joining linebacker Damone Clark, running back Tyrion Davis-Price, defensive tackle Neil Farrell Jr. and cornerback Cordale Flott. 

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