LSU junior RB Ridley says he will apply for NFL draft

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's leading rusher, Stevan Ridley, said Thursday that he'll apply for the NFL draft, although it's not yet clear whether or not he can be persuaded to change his mind.

LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said head coach Les Miles and running backs coach Frank Wilson hoped to meet with Ridley and his mother in their hometown of Natchez, Miss., to find out if there's anything they can do to bring the running back back to the Tigers.

The 6-foot, 223-pound junior spent his first full season as a starter in 2010, rushing for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ran for 105 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, in LSU's 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

Ridley announced his decision Thursday with an Internet video posted on his Facebook page.

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