Lee announces for the NFL draft

Junior receiver Marqise Lee announced Friday night that he will forego his senior season at USC to make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft...

As expected, USC fans have seen the last of Marqise Lee in Cardinal and Gold.

The junior receiver announced Friday evening via Twitter that he will forego his senior season at USC to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

"To all Trojan fans," Lee (@TeamLee1) tweeted, "I have decided to forego my senior season at USC and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, staff and the entire Trojan Family for all of the support over the last three seasons. I am a proud Trojan and will remain a Trojan for life! #Fighton."

Lee won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's best receiver, his sophomore season. He started all 13 games in the Trojans' 7-6 season, catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards including 14 touchdowns. He is the only USC football player to ever win the award.

Lee was hindered much of the 2013 season with a nagging knee injury. He closed out his USC career with two touchdown receptions in the Trojans 45-20 win in the Las Vegas Bowl over Fresno State. He finished the season catching 57 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns. He only saw action in 11 of USC's 14 games this season.

Despite the injury plagued season, multiple NFL sources have told SCPlaybook that Lee will be the first or second receiver to come off the draft board with Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

With Lee's early departure, USC is now left with only five scholarship receivers including Nelson Agholor , Victor Blackwell, Darreus Rogers, as well as George Farmer and Steven Mitchell -- both of whom will be coming off ACL injuries.

Lee is the fourth player to announce early for the NFL. He will join Dion Bailey, Marcus Martin, and George Uko in the draft.

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