LSU has already added one graduate transfer to the roster for the 2018 season in the form of former Stanford defensive back and New Orleans native Terrence Alexander. It’s likely another could be on the horizon.
After signing only 23 players in their 2018 recruiting class, the Tigers entered the spring with two extra scholarships to hand out. One, of course, has already fallen to Alexander. The other notable target was former California running back Tre Watson, who selected Texas over LSU and Texas Tech over the weekend.
With a running back out of the picture, coach Ed Orgeron’s attention has shifted over to quarterback. The most eligible free agent now on the market is Ohio State grad transfer Joe Burrow, who made his intent to transfer public earlier on Tuesday.
Multiple sources on the Ohio State side have informed SEC Country that LSU is squarely in the mix for Burrow, who coming out Athens(Ohio) High School in 2015 was deemed as a top-300 prospect and the No. 8-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports Composite. Since then, he has fallen down the Buckeyes’ depth chart behind Dwayne Haskins.
A source on the LSU side told SEC Country that the school not yet made contact with Burrow, but that is very likely to change with the news that the former Buckeyes quarterback is seeking a transfer.
Burrow has two years of eligibility remaining and could play right away for whichever team he lands at.
In addition to LSU, Nebraska, Cincinnati, UCLA and Ohio have been mentioned as potential landing spots for the former 4-star prospect.
There is currently an ongoing quarterback competition in Baton Rouge. The last we saw of Justin McMillan, Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse was at last month’s annual spring game, in which each player got their turn under center working with the first-team offense and operating Steve Ensminger’s system.
Earlier this month, Orgeron told a crowd in Houston that a graduate transfer at quarterback is “very possible.”
Could Burrow be the guy? It’s certainly a possibly. Sources on the Ohio State side have mentioned LSU as a very likely contender in this race, and based on Orgeron’s comments just a week ago, there is certainly a line being drawn in the sand here.
McMillan is the elder-statesman in the quarterback room — a junior that has yet to earn a start at LSU. Brennan, a sophomore, served as Danny Etling’s backup during the 2017 season and is perceived to be the favorite at the moment. Lowell Narcisse took a redshirt year a season ago and has shown flashes in the spring.
Orgeron mentioned that he does not believe any of his three quarterbacks have sought a transfer, but that could change after LSU declares one of McMillan, Brennan or Narcisse the starter. Orgeron has also hinted that multiple quarterbacks could play in the fall regardless of who gets the nod Week 1 against Miami.