Updating LSU’s secondary depth chart after Terrence Alexander signing
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Depth chart update
The reinforcements arrived for LSU on Thursday when Stanford cornerback and New Orleans native Terrence Alexander announced he’ll graduate transfer to LSU for the 2018 season. Alexander, who only played in one game for Stanford in 2017 before missing the year because of injury, joins a run-down LSU cornerback crew in need of replacements for departing starters Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II.
Where does Alexander fit in LSU’s depth chart? It’s hard to imagine he won’t be near the top. Redshirt sophomore Greedy Williams will be the Tigers’ No. 1 cornerback, a likely preseason All-America candidate coming off an All-SEC season. But after Williams LSU’s cornerback room is deeply inexperienced. Sophomores Jontre Kirklin and Kary Vincent Jr. have no experience playing college outside cornerback, Mannie Netherly is a converted wide receiver playing cornerback for the first time in his life this spring, 4-star Baton Rouge product Kelvin Joseph won’t enroll until the summer and former 5-star prospect Kristian Fulton remains in limbo relating to his NCAA eligibility.
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That leaves Alexander a likely candidate to start, if not to earn playing time in LSU’s early season rotation. Based off practice availability and natural intuition, here’s my best guess at what LSU’s cornerback depth chart looks like with the addition of Alexander:
- Greedy Williams
- Terrence Alexander
- Kelvin Joseph
- Jontre Kirklin
- Kary Vincent Jr.
- Mannie Netherly
- Kristian Fulton (higher if eligible)
None of this is mentioning the use of nickel corners, for which LSU has relied on safeties Todd Harris and Eric Monroe this spring.
Checkin’ in with the ‘croots
Signing Alexander wasn’t the only news on the LSU recruiting front on Thursday. In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of the biggest and most noteworthy from Thursday:
- 4-star New Orleans linebacker has Tigers in front
- OLB Kevin Harris II locks in official visit
- Roundtable: What’s the battle like for 5-star Nakobe Dean?
Not the bees!
Presented without comment: Here is LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri running away from a swarm of bees after the swarm descended on Alex Box Stadium during practice on Thursday:
— Mike Gaither (@MikeGaitherTV) April 13, 2018
Hopefully, the bees will clear out before Friday night when the Tigers host Tennessee for Game 1 of a three-game weekend series. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT and will be available to stream online through WatchESPN.
Players who get paid news
Former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry is in the process of finalizing a 5-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, according to various media reports Thursday.
The Browns acquired Landry from the Miami Dolphins in a blockbuster trade earlier this offseason. Four years into his NFL career, Landry has caught 400 passes for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns.
LSU in the WNBA
The Las Vegas Aces selected former LSU women’s basketball player Raigyne Louis with the first pick of the third round in the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday, pairing Louis with South Carolina star A’ja Wilson, who the Aces selected No. 1 overall.
The Aces tripled down on SEC talent, using their second-round pick on Tennessee’s Jaime Nared. The Aces, formerly the San Antonio Stars, will play their first season in Las Vegas in 2018.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, the first Friday the 13th of any given year is National Blame Someone Else Day. No idea why. Blame is not a central part of a holiday known for spookiness. But whatever. Here’s a song by Barenaked Ladies.
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