LSU football transfer tracker: Who’s in/out

PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes.

A look at LSU’s 2022 football NCAA transfer portal pickups and losses since spring practice started last March in Brian Kelly’s first year as coach of the Tigers …


Sevyn Banks


Former school: Ohio State

The skinny: A two-year starter at cornerback for the Buckeyes … Missed five games last season with knee and hip injuries … Spent four seasons at Ohio State … Appeared in 36 games including 15 starts during his four years with the Buckeyes, including all eight of Ohio State’s games in 2020 … Had 43 career tackles and two career interceptions, including eight tackles last season … Had a career-high seven tackles against Alabama in the 2020 season’s national championship game; had four tackles and an interception in Ohio State’s 49-28 win over Clemson in the national semifinals … Won All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2020 after leading the Buckeyes with seven pass breakups and eight passes defended … A third team preseason All-America honors in 2021 who was named to watch lists for the Thorpe Award and the Nagurski Trophy … A native of Orlando, Florida, and product of Jones High there … Ranked No. 58 nationally in the ESPN 300 coming out of high school and played in the Under Armour All-America Game

Colby Richardson 


Former school: McNeese

The skinny: Graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining … Played for new LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson at FCS Southland Conference member McNeese … Had been committed to Colorado State prior to deciding to join the Tigers … Signed with the Cowboys in 2017 and redshirted … Started in 24 of 27 career games … Had a career-best 22 tackles, three pass break-ups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last season, including three tackles during a 34-7 loss at LSU … Limited by injury to three games in 2019 … Started all seven games and had 15 tackles with one interception and three pass break-ups in the spring of 2021, after McNeese’s 2020 season was delayed due to COVID-19 … Played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback as a senior at McMain High in New Orleans


Soni Fonua


New school: TBA

The skinny: Fifth-year senior fromSalt Lake City played 20 games for LSU after transferring from Mesa (Arizona) Community College … Announced plans to leave in mid-June … Ended the 2021 season on a high note, starting LSU’s final five games including the Texas Bowl and finished the year up 27 tackles including 6½ for loss in nine games Had a 2021 season-high five tackles in an Oct. 9 loss at Kentucky … Did not take part in 2022 spring practice for undisclosed reasons and was buried on the depth chart at left defensive end behind senior Ali Gaye and sophomore Savion Jones

Corey Kiner


New school: Cincinnati

The skinny: Rushed 79 times for 324 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman last season … Caught in an already crowded LSU running backs room that adds Penn State transfer Noah Cain this summer … Recruited by former LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk … Product of Roger Bacon High in Cincinnati who was Ohio’s 2020 Mr. Football returns to his hometown

Joseph Evans


New school: UTSA

The skinny: Run stopper had 28 career tackles in 16 games over three seasons at LSU … Haynesville High product started five of seven games in 2020, and started four of five before getting injured last season … Entered the portal in April and announced plans to transfer to UTSA about a month later

Pig Cage


New school: UTSA

The skinny: Walk-on product of Archbishop Rummel High from Kenner transferred to LSU from Nicholls after the 2021 FCS spring season, his freshman year … Appeared in eight games in a mostly reserve role last season, including LSU’s Texas Bowl loss to Kansas State … Finished 2021 with seven total tackles last season, including six with one sack while starting in the secondary against the Wildcats in the bowl game … Joins his brother at UTSA … Entered the portal in late March

Josh White


New school: Baylor

The skinny: Appeared in 10 games as a freshman special teams contributor with no stats in 2020, but did not play in 2021 … Will rejoin former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, now head coach at Baylor … Product of Cypress Creek High in the Houston area returns home to Texas … Also received offers from Texas, Southern Cal, Miami, Colorado and Nebraska after going into the portal in late March

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