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January 16, 2007
Leaving early: Winners and losers
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Two of the fastest underclassmen in college football were among the slowest in deciding their futures.
Peterson and Ginn - rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the 2004 recruiting class - head the list of underclassmen turning pro at least a year early.
The list of high-profile players entering the draft also features Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who catapulted himself into consideration for the top overall pick after picking apart Notre Dame's secondary in a 41-14 Sugar Bowl victory.
The decisions by Peterson and Ginn will make it tougher for their schools to return to BCS games next season, but LSU still has plenty of reason for optimism even without Russell on the roster.
Here's a look at what programs gained and lost the most this week when the nation's top underclassmen announced whether they were staying in school or turning pro. These lists also reflect that the jury is still out on how the list of early entries will affect a handful of schools.