Potential LSU football transfer options to watch
LSU is in the market for college football “free agents.” Actually, Ed Orgeron is scouring the countryside for a grad transfer or two, players who can immediately arrive and offer depth.
The three areas that could use upgrading overall from prospective transfers are offensive line, linebacker and even quarterback.
Other than guard Ed Ingram and tackle Austin Deculus, no one else on the Tigers roster offers much experience on the offensive line. Dare Rosenthal made five-game appearances with three starts at tackle in 2019. Chasen Hines hit the field in 10 contests but was not in a game for the opening snap. Four starters departed from the Joe Moore Award winning starting five, making them the No. 1 unit in all of college football.
Myles Brennan is the perceived starter at quarterback. Joining him at the position are a pair of new signees, Max Johnson and T.J. Finley, along with redshirt freshman Peter Parrish.
Patrick Queen, K’Lavon Chaisson, Micheal Divinity and Jacob Phillips left for the NFL while the future of ’19 signee Donte Starks is uncertain due to an off-field issue. The linebacker position lacks experienced depth.
Here are just a few names to track to fill those Purple and Gold voids. There will be more as the spring semester unfolds. LSU is in no hurry to fill any spots. Finding the right fit is the key. All of these listed are grad transfers and are immediately eligible.
QB Peyton Ramsey (6-2, 216) Indiana — In 2019, he tossed for 2,454 yards with 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions with a very good completion percentage of 68. He assumed the starter’s spot after Michael Penix went down with injury early in the season. The son of a high school coach, Ramsey made 28 starts for the Hoosiers while dealing with injuries.
OT Clayton Bradley (6-5, 295) USC – Given a 6th year of eligibility, he had a back injury in ’18. Bradley made 17 appearances for the Trojans and brings potential at guard and tackle.
OT Jaylen Miller (6-3, 315) Duke – An ACC player with starter’s experience at left tackle, he fractured his ankle in 2019.
OG/C Liam Smith (6-5, 270) Duke — Previously moved from tackle, Smith may be able to play anywhere on the line. He has battled injuries, making six appearances total.
LG Cam DeGeorge (6-6, 290) UConn – With 34 starts for Huskies under his belt, he could be someone to take a closer look into as a utility lineman.
OLB Tyree Thompson (6-1, 235) UCLA – Injured in ’19, he had made 12 starts the previous season resulting in 55 tackles, including 11 against Utah. He covers the flat well and takes good drops but he doesn’t always take proper angles to the ball and sometimes over-runs play.
ILB Kyle Johnson (6-0, 221) Air Force – An intriguing prospect who tallied 70 stops with 7.5 for loss in 2018, he recorded 82 tackles with 5.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2019. The Jacksonville, Florida product may have military obligations that complicate matters but he is an eligible grad transfer with a 3.94 GPA. Jonhson is extremely intelligent and a leader on and off the field as you’d expect with his background. A fan favorite, Johnson diagnoses plays quickly and takes great angles to ball carrier with no false steps.
I do not anticipate any one of these grabbing a starter’s role if they end up in Baton Rouge except if injuries open opportunities. But quality depth cannot be undervalued.
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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…