LSU knew he needed to improve his depth at cornerback and on Tuesday the Tigers responded to that need by securing a commitment from Ohio State transfer Sevyn Banks.
Banks has 36 career games under his belt with the Buckeyes, recording 43 tackles, 13 passes defended, three tackles for a loss and two interceptions. In 2020, Banks was part of a Buckeyes team that ultimately won the national championship, appearing in eight games during that title run.
While Banks fills a need for the Tigers in the outside corner, it’s also worth mentioning some of the recent injury history he comes with from last year as well. He appeared in just four games during the 2021 season due to knee injuries and listed the injury as the main reason he was not entering the NFL Draft, opting to enter the portal instead. transfer.
Adding Banks also creates a bit more depth and competition in a cornerback room that’s been pretty thin in spring training. As the Tigers recover an injured Jarrick Bernard-Converse from injury this offseason, the holeshot has shed light on a group led by Mekhi Garner who needed to retool.
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Jordan Toles, Greg Brooks, Damarius McGhee and Raydarious Jones all took reps on the corner, but the Tigers needed someone with Power 5 experience and Banks ticks that box.
“I think Mekhi Garner has improved tremendously, even from last week to this week,” defensive coordinator Matt House said. “We challenged him and he got better. It gave the opportunity. Jordan Toles is a guy who hasn’t played a lot in the corner and his name is called and he responded well. I hate it but at the same time it created opportunities for other guys, it’s great.”