Former Oregon State inside linebacker Omar Speights transferred to LSU. Speights, who will be a senior next season, filled the team’s biggest remaining need.
Speights has one more year of eligibility and could start right away. He’ll join the team this spring. Speights chose LSU over Alabama, a source said.
Speights was voted first-team All-Pac 12 last fall after leading Oregon State with 83 tackles, which ranked 10th in the conference. He also recorded eight tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and one pass breakup in his third season as a full-time starter.
LSU was looking in the transfer portal for an inside linebacker. The Tigers only had five on scholarship heading into the 2023 season and an open starting spot after senior Micah Baskerville finished his career and promising freshman DeMario Tolan transferred to Auburn.
Speights addressed concerns at the position. He can slide into the lineup next to sophomore Greg Penn, which lets LSU use star freshman Harold Perkins again as free-flowing outside linebacker in space and develop incoming freshmen Whit Weeks and Christian Brathwaite.
At Oregon State, Speights was an immediate and durable contributor. He played in 45 games with 39 starts over the last four seasons. Speights has made 308 career tackles, 25 tackles for loss and five sacks.