College Football: LSU center enters transfer portal, Cajuns and Jayhawks work Louisiana recruiting trail

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Like most football programs, LSU has a roster in some state of flux. Transfer movement is part of any offseason.

Cole SmithThe latest news out of Baton Rouge has 2018 signee Cole Smith now listed in the NCAA transfer portal. The Pontotoc, Mississippi native the eighth Tiger to do so since the ’18 season ended.

Smith’s decision to enter the portal doesn’t mean that the 6-foot-4, 275-pound center is definitely leaving the program, but it does open the opportunity for other programs to lure him away. His father played his college football at Mississippi State so we will see if there is interest there.

If Smith does depart, LSU will only have 2019 signee Charles Turner listed at center as a backup in the event anything were to happen to starter Lloyd Cushenberry. Of course, some other linemen can end up cross training for the position if needed.

Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns landed their fourth commitment for the 2020 signing period. Staying in state as ULL has for the first three, the program received a pledge from East St. John wide receiver Dontae Fleming.

A versatile two-sport athlete, Fleming (6-1, 170) earned first team All District honors last season in both football and baseball. As a receiver, he caught 30 passes for 546 yards and five touchdowns. In baseball, Fleming is a slick fielding center fielder. He considered football offers from Memphis, ULM, Alcorn, SLU and Lamar. It is not certain if he planned to play both sports for the Cajuns.

How much impact has Les Miles factor had on the Kansas football program so far? Well, if you gauge your decision based on current recruiting, then the answer appears to be a significant plus.

The Jayhawks were 6-42 record-wise the previous four seasons but KU currently has the 29th best recruiting class in the land. For a FBS program that’s been mired in failure, that ranking is a big upgrade. Out of the total 16 pledges, seven came aboard within the past week.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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