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Maquedius Bain leaving LSU days after his reinstatement

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Only a few days after his reinstatement to the team, LSU defensive lineman Maquedius Bain announced on Twitter on Monday that he is leaving the program.

In another tweet, Bain said he would be attending Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed the news.

Bain's departure continues the Tigers' exodus of defensive linemen since the end of last season. Bain is the third lineman to leave LSU this summer, joining tackles Travonte Valentine and Trey Lealaimatafao. And both of LSU's 2014 starters at defensive end, junior Danielle Hunter and senior Jermauria Rasco, are now trying to catch on with professional clubs.

Bain's exit leaves a hole in the LSU roster, particularly at defensive end, where he had a chance to contribute this season. He shifted there this spring after spending two seasons at tackle and was one of the leading candidates to step into a starting role.

LSU coach Les Miles recently listed Lewis Neal and Tashawn Bower as the most likely candidates to start in the opener against McNeese State, but Bain still appeared to be in the mix for significant playing time.

Miles reinstated Bain, quarterback Anthony Jennings and defensive back Dwayne Thomas to the team on Friday after the district attorney in Baton Rouge announced that he would not press criminal charges following a burglary case where they were arrested in June.

Bain actually tweeted Sunday about his excitement over rejoining the team, only to announce 24 hours later that he was leaving the program.

LSU's defensive line did get a bit of a depth boost recently, however. Mickey Johnson, a former ESPN 150 prospect, has decided to rejoin the team instead of transferring. The defensive tackle appeared in just two games last season and registered three tackles.

Still, his addition is notable for new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. With the departures of Valentine, Lealaimatafao and Bain, the Tigers' list of available tackles had dwindled to starters Davon Godchaux and Christian LaCouture and reserves Quentin Thomas, Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron.