Decommitment by Raesjon Davis, transfer portal entry by Chris Curry among latest LSU roster comings and goings

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Myles Brennan, Chris Curry
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Despite defections from LSU’s commitment list for 2021, the Tigers still hold on of the top five recruiting classes in this cycle.

However, three recruits who previously gave pledges have ended up elsewhere.

On the early signing day last week, wide receiver JoJo Earle and defensive end Keanu Koht switched directions and signed with Alabama. This past weekend, another long time commit, safety Khari Gee, signed with Notre Dame after most thought that he would ink with LSU in the February signing period.

The latest de-commitment comes from Raesjon Davis, a linebacker out of Santa Ana, Calif.

Davis had committed to LSU back on New Year’s Day 2020 but has now reopened the process. He noted LSU is still in the thick of things but Ohio State, USC and other Power 5 programs have have been wooing for the 44th overall prospect in the ’21 class. He grew up as a USC, fan and his family would like him to remain close to home in order to see him play. He recently had a long chat with the Trojans’ staff.

Oregon, Texas and Arizona State appear to be other considerations for Davis, who had 43 tackles with 16.5 for loss plus 7.5 sacks, one interception and 10 passes defended in 2019. California did not have high school football games this fall.

LSU also appears to have lost the services of sophomore running back Chris Curry, who has decided to enter the transfer portal. The LeHigh Acres, Florida product was selected to wear prestigious jersey #18 this past season by teammates and staff but slipped behind others backs on the depth chart.

Curry totaled 336 rushing yards over the past two seasons in Purple and Gold. It is thought that Florida, Miami, South Florida, USC, North Carolina, Michigan, Syracuse and Wisconsin could be options. He shined in a lead role during LSU’s national semifinal win over Oklahoma back in January with over 100 yards on the ground.

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins out of Plaquemine High has also decided to enter the portal. He played in one contest in 2019, then decided to opt out of the 2020 season before saying he would return to the squad in mid September.

Former LSU nose tackle Apu Ika, once thought to play a prominent role in the ’20 defense, decided to opt out of the past season after recording five tackles and one sack in three games. Now he will join Dave Aranda at Baylor.

All is not gloom and doom for the Tigers, as referenced by a still strong recruiting class. There are also a few names to track, namely offensive linemen, who have LSU on their radar as a potential transfer destination.

Harvard grad transfer Eric Wilson (6-4, 315) is considering LSU along with Auburn, Minnesota, Memphis, Boston College, Florida State, Vanderbilt and SMU. The Ivy League did not play this fall, and Wilson began to compile a list of potential landing spots for ’21. He is a former teammate of LSU grad transfer center Liam Shanahan.

Wilson played left guard for the Crimson but is capable of playing anywhere along line. A second team All-Ivy League choice in 2019, Wilson was recognized as Harvard’s nominee for 2020’s Campbell Trophy which goes to the best student-athlete, based on academic and football performance along with leadership qualities. He is recognized as a blue collar worker, meticulous at his craft. He watches film religiously, plays hard from snap to whistle and possesses good mobility.

Jordan Moko (6-5, 335), the top ranked JUCO offensive tackle, is taking a long look at LSU as a potential destination. The native of Melbourne, Australia is a neophyte when it comes to football but has played semi pro rugby. He has LSU, Texas A&M and Oregon among his top choices, with Tigers offensive line coach James Cregg working hard on the case.

Blessed with outstanding athletic skills for someone his size, Moko is quite raw but will have three years to play wherever he goes. He wants to take visits and decided in February.

Moko arrived at Snow College (Ephraim, Utah) but did not see the field since the JUCO season was scrapped due to COVID-19. He intends to graduate this spring. Moko, who can dunk a basketball, has terrific balance and strength. He needed to work on his academics which he apparently has gotten in order.

Kansas guard/center Api Mane (6-3, 334), who entered transfer portal, may be another for LSU to consider. The East Palo Alto, California native was the Jayhawks team captain for the ’20 season opener against Coastal Carolina. He made two starts this past season and 6six in ’19.

Vanderbilt’s Toleafoa “Sean” Auwae (6-4, 296) is another likely grad transfer who has made 15 appearances with five starts. He was the No. 5 rated center in the 2016 class. Quick feet and good strength are reasons why Auwae could get a look as a guard or center.

Michael Thompson (6-5, 324), a 2018 signee with Oklahoma out of St. Louis, is a converted defensive tackle who moved to offense following a torn ACL. Now in the transfer portal, he has loads of athleticism and potential but a lot of unknowns. LSU is one of a handful of schools who are kicking the tires along with Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Oregon, Michigan and Ohio State. Texas is thought to have some interest as well.

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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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