LSU is certainly in the mix for additional talent through the transfer portal. Coach Brian Kelly got his hands on the positions the purple and gold hope to attack, including tight end, offensive line and cornerback.
As for immediate needs, cornerback depth has been a notable concern this spring. Jarrick Bernard-Converse’s injury has highlighted the depth issues at both outside corner positions and, as a result, will be a major point at the gate after the spring session.
“It’s been tough, we’re really thin at this position. It could be a position we’re looking at in the transfer portal to increase this position,” Kelly said. “We have to keep building there.”
There’s one player in the gate that fits the depth needs at the position the Tigers are on solid ground with and that’s Ohio State cornerback Seyvn 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.
As for the offensive line, there are several players who could fit the profile as immediate contributors. The Tigers were pursuing the transfer of Vanderbilt, Tyler Steen, but he announced Tuesday that he would move to Alabama. But the pursuit of an offensive lineman shouldn’t stop there and probably won’t.
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Highly touted former rookie Amarius Mims, who spent the final season of his freshman year with Georgia, is in the portal and has the talent and potential to contribute to any team he chooses. Mims’ Bulldog teammate Clay Webb, a five-star signing from the 2019 class, also recently entered the transfer portal and could be another option.
There is a definite need for tackle for the program, despite the off-season additions of transfer Miles Frazier and four first-year linemen, including Will Campbell, who has spent recent training settling in at left tackle. Frazier, on the other hand, has taken reps at guard and tackle, but there’s still plenty of movement across the entire offensive line.
Mims still has several years of eligibility left and could be not only a piece for the present but also the future of the o-line, wherever he ends up going.
As for the tight end, anyone brought in by LSU will immediately compete for a position where the Tigers desperately need more help. Kole Taylor and Jack Mashburn are currently the only stock players competing for tight end reps and the Tigers could definitely choose to drag one of their receivers to the position.
Brian Thomas or Jack Bech would make the most sense because of Thomas’ height and Bech’s familiarity at tight end, but there’s a strong belief the Tigers want to keep depth at receiver. Kelly is used to developing tight ends at Notre Dame and having offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock as the position’s coach makes it an even more intriguing task to watch.
With 29 slots filled in the Class of 2022 and potentially three more to come, LSU could add a player to each position or stock up on one or two positions as needed. Either way, it looks like the Tigers aren’t done adding to their roster.