LSU receiver Ja'Marr Chase opts out to focus on NFL draft

Burrow delivers perfect TD to Chase (0:43)

Joe Burrow puts the ball exactly where it needs to be as Ja'Marr Chase makes the grab in the end zone for the touchdown. (0:43)

LSU star receiver Ja'Marr Chase says he is opting out of the college football season to enter the NFL draft, he said on social media Monday.

Chase, who ranks fourth on ESPN's Todd McShay's most recent list of the top 50 pro prospects, has informed the team of his decision, although no official announcement has been made by the school.

He led the FBS in receiving yards (1,780) and touchdowns (20) last season, winning the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the country's top receiver.

Chase is the third player to opt out at LSU, joining defensive end Neil Farrell and cornerback Kary Vincent.

LSU now must make do without both the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner and the Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Joe Burrow, who was selected No. 1 overall in the draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Junior Myles Brennan is the front-runner to start at quarterback.

Brennan will still have a wealth of talented receivers to work with, including Terrace Marshall Jr. and Racey McMath.

LSU opens the season on Sept. 26 at home against Mississippi State.