How many scholarships will LSU have available for 2019 class?
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By this time, odds are you’ve noticed that LSU didn’t fill all 25 scholarships it had available in this year’s signing class. That came as some surprise since the Tigers ended up having to turn away several prospects under the assumption there would be no room available for those players.
But there is a built-in benefit — LSU now has more scholarships available for use in the Class of 2019. Potentially.
This exact question was posed to us by Gus Johnson during our post-Signing Day Facebook Live session Wednesday night.
That is correct. Because LSU signed 23 players, it has the capability to sign 27 next year. But there also is a chance that the Tigers will use those open spots before next year.
Last year LSU had enough leftover scholarships to bring in transfers Jonathan Giles, Breiden Fehoko and Thaddeus Moss. Giles, a wide receiver, and Fehoko, a defensive lineman, will be impact starters for the Tigers in 2018.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron made it clear that he’s open to using the two open spots on transfers once again. Of particular interest is the possibility of a graduate transfer at quarterback. The Tigers aren’t necessarily looking for a starter, given their faith in Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse. But a veteran presence would be welcome in a quarterbacks room where the three scholarship players have a combined 25 career pass attempts.
If LSU doesn’t add any transfers this offseason outside of kicker Cole Tracy, it shouldn’t be a problem. Next year’s class is expected to be one of the best Louisiana has ever produced. So the more spots available, the better.
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