LSU likes to call itself DBU, but after seeing no cornerbacks signing in the 2018 signing class and a short number of veterans returning for the Tigers, the position suddenly became a problem.
The coaching staff has helped solve some of those woes, as defensive backs coach Corey Raymond announced on Monday night that wide receiver Mannie Netherly would be moving to the corner position.
“We think we’ll move Mannie Netherly from receiver to corner,” Raymond said on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. “He’ll add some depth and that will help.”
At 6-foot-3, Netherly definitely has the size to contend with some of the bigger wide receivers that the Tigers will face in 2018, but adjusting to the position might take some time. He was a 4-star recruit out of Texas in 2017 and ranked by 247Sports as the No. 36 wide receiver in the class.
Per SEC Country’s Alex Hickey, the Tigers are set at the safety position, with up to seven players who could make an impact for LSU in 2018. With the overload of talent at that position, it is expected that a couple of them could see time at cornerback as well to supplement the lack of players there and to put the best talent on the field.