Speculation and rumors can now be put aside.
LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White and linebacker Kendell Beckwith will return for their senior seasons in 2016, the university announced on Monday afternoon.
That makes it official, and the decisions were great news for LSU coach Les Miles.
“These are special guys,” Miles said via a press release.
“They have a real fondness and enjoyment for this football team. They are leaders; Kendell makes all the calls from the Mike linebacker spot and Tre’Davious wears No. 18, which has always been the mark of a leader.”
White and Beckwith are key components returning to LSU’s defense. They join defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, defensive end Lewis Neal and defensive back Rickey Jefferson, all of whom have previously announced they, too, will return to LSU next season.
Additionally, center Ethan Pocic and wide receiver Travin Dural also announced they would be back in 2016.
In his first full season as a starter for the Tigers, Beckwith finished second on the team with 84 tackles, including 10 for loss. The linebacker also registered 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.
“After a lot of prayer and careful consideration about the 2016 NFL Draft, and after speaking with my family and Coach Miles at great lengths, I have decided to return to LSU for my senior season,” Beckwith said.
“I feel as if I have a lot of unfinished business here at LSU. … I’m so humbled to even be in the position that I am today. Tiger stadium is without a doubt the best place on Earth to play college football and I cannot wait to be back there on Saturdays in front of our unbelievable fans.”
White, who has started three years at cornerback for LSU, recorded 44 tackles and seven pass breakups in 2015. He also averaged 11.4 yards per return in 20 punt returns for the Tigers, including a touchdown.
“After careful consideration and gathering as much information as possible about the draft process, I feel that it’s in my best interest to return to LSU for my senior season,” added White. “I want to thank my family, Coach Miles and the LSU staff for their support during this process. Decisions like this are never easy to make. Getting a college degree and becoming the first member of my family to graduate from a school like LSU has always been important to me.
“Playing in Tiger Stadium in front of our great fans is something that I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to. I’m going to leave LSU with a degree and do everything that I can to help this team compete for a national title.”
Only LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft as an underclassman.