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Tiger Stadium will be the new home for a pair of transfers — but only one counts against LSU's scholarship limit.

Why doesn’t new QB Andre Sale count toward LSU’s 25-man recruiting class?

Alex Hickey

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Question of the Day: Wednesday, Jan. 10

There was a brief moment in time Wednesday when the biggest story of the day pertained to LSU getting a new quarterback.

That quarterback is named Andre Sale. Sale transferred to LSU from FCS program Tennessee Tech. He won’t be able to play next season due to transfer rules, but that’s not what the Tigers brought him in to do. LSU is low on bodies to run the scout team, thanks to Caleb Lewis transferring from the program to FCS Robert Morris University. Sale provides an invaluable service to the program that happens to come with little-to-no glory.

He is also the source of our latest question, which Derek Shavor sent via e-mail.

Why does the Andre Sale (QB) transfer not count towards the 25-man limit, but the Cole Tracy (PK) one does?  Aren’t both transferring from FCS?

Derek is referencing the 25-man signing class, which is in its second year of existence. Prior to last year, teams could sign more players on signing day than they had available scholarships. That’s no longer the case.

As you may have heard, Tracy is one of the 21 players who signed with LSU during the early signing period in December. One minor clarification about Tracy  — he actually comes as a graduate transfer from Division II Assumption College in Massachusetts. However, that has no bearing on why he counts toward the 25-man class.

The reason Tracy counts is because he is a scholarship player. Sale does not count toward the signing class because he is joining the program as a walk-on. It’s a bold leap of faith for a guy to abandon a starting role and a scholarship for the life of a walk-on, but Sale grew up in an LSU family. Both of his parents attended LSU, and the family relocated from Baton Rouge to Little Rock in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana.

For LSU, there’s no risk involved in letting Sale join the team. And for Sale, there’s a chance to make a dream come true. If he does, he’ll earn his scholarship at some point down the line.

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