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Confirmed: Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk to declare for NFL Draft

According to Yahoo!'s Rand Getlin, Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk will forgo his senior season in Waco and will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Just a few minutes ago, Yahoo's Rand Getlin reported that in a conversation he had with Lache Seastrunk, the Baylor star RB told him that he will leave Baylor for the 2014 NFL DraftFrom his report:

"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," Seastrunk said in a prepared 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."

This news is hardly shocking given the short shelf-life of RBs and the fact that Lache had a fairly good statistical season as a junior.  Were I advising him, I'd probably tell him to go, too.  That, of course, doesn't mean that I'm happy to see it since this will represent a fairly big loss for Baylor's 2014 team, which will now have to replace both of its starting RBs from the 2013 version.  The updated RB matrix with the loss of Seastrunk and Glasco Martin:

Eligibility Remaining
No. Player Year Ht/Wt. Position 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
14 Anthony Webb
JR 6-0/190 Running Back

32 Rashodrick Linwood
SO 5-8/200 Running Back

28 Devin Chafin
SO 6-0/215 Running Back

2 Johnny Jefferson
RS-FR 5-9/195 Running Back

-- Terence Williams
FR 6-2/218 Running Back

With Seastrunk and Martin gone, we're likely to see a "three-headed monster" at RB of Linwood, Chafin, and Jefferson, with perhaps a little Terence Williams thrown in for good measure.  The true freshman Williams will enroll next week at Baylor, giving him the opportunity to go through an entire spring and summer with the team.  The plan is likely to redshirt him and retain eligibility, but you never know.  Given the successes of his redshirt freshman season this year, Linwood would be the obvious candidate for "feature back" of that group, but I wouldn't count out Jefferson from playing a major role.

If this report is true (and it certainly sounds that way), ODB wishes the best of luck to Lache heading into the NFL Draft.  He's done amazing, sometimes incomprehensible things during his time here, and he's been nothing but a great ambassador for the University every step of the way.  As it stands, his Baylor career will end with 2189 yards and 18 TDs with an average yards per carry of 7.6.

Before anyone asks, I doubt this changes anything with respect to the 2014 recruiting class since the chances of losing Seastrunk after this year were always pretty high.

UPDATE: Baylor has apparently confirmed Lache's plans and will release a statement shortly.