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RB Lache Seastrunk declares for NFL

Former Oregon recruit and Baylor Bears star Lache Seastrunk declared for the NFL on Monday.
Former Oregon recruit and Baylor Bears star Lache Seastrunk declared for the NFL on Monday.
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Lache Seastrunk started his college football career by becoming one of Oregon's top recruits in 2010, but he never played a single down for the Ducks. On Monday, four years after he originally committed to play in Eugene, Seastrunk declared for the NFL draft.

In two seasons on the field for Baylor, Seastrunk rushed for 2,189 yards on 289 carries (7.6 ypc) and 18 touchdowns. The former Duck helped lead the Bears to 9-0 start this year, with the team ultimately finishing 11-2.

"Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm fully prepared to take the next step toward realizing that goal," said Seastrunk in a statement. "I'm excited for the opportunity to compete in the NFL draft process. I look forward to giving teams every ounce of energy I've got and proving to them that I'm a good person, a relentless competitor, and a great player, too."

While Seastrunk found a great deal of success at Baylor, his career didn't quite start out in the most positive way. He was at the center of an NCAA investigation in which Oregon admitted to paying Willie Lyles thousands of dollars. Lyles was accused of helping convince Seastrunk to commit to Oregon, which he did in 2010.

Seastrunk redshirted in 2010, and remained a member of the team until after the Lyles story broke in the spring of 2011. He then transferred to Baylor, but had to sit out the entire 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

At 5'10, 210 pounds, Seastrunk is a fast back with good power. According to Yahoo! Sports, Seastrunk is projected as a third round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

He joins another 2010 Oregon recruit - Terrance Mitchell - in declaring for the NFL a year early. Mitchell made his announcement Friday night. In addition, Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas - who committed to the Ducks in 2011 - declared for the draft Sunday evening.