LSU’s Derrick Davis Jr., who made late switch to running back, enters NCAA transfer portal

Cornerback Raydarious Jones finds new home with Mississippi State

PHOTO COURTESY: Derrick Davis Jr.

Sophomore defensive back-turned-running back Derrick Davis Jr. became the latest LSU player to enter the NCAA transfer portal.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Davis, who signed with LSU as the nation’s top-rated safety out of Gateway High in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the eighth player from the Tigers’ 2022 roster to seek a transfer.

“After discussions with family and those closest to me, I will be entering the transfer portal with three years of eligibility,” Davis said on his Twitter account Monday evening.

Davis, the No. 2 prospect from Pennsylvania and No. 51 overall player by 247Sports, got one start in four games this season and made four tackles. Because of a shortage of healthy running backs later in the season, Davis was switched to running back and carried five times for 28 yards for a 5.6 per-carry average in a 41-10 win over UAB on Nov. 19.

Davis played in 12 of LSU’s games in ’21, primarily on special teams, and made registered two tackles.

In another move of note, former LSU cornerback Raydarious Jones, who recently entered the transfer portal, committed to Mississippi State. The native of Horn Lake, Mississippi played in nine games for the Tigers in 2021 but was suspended the entire ’22 season because of academics.

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