Ohio State cornerback JK Johnson and Syracuse cornerback Darian Chestnut have transferred to LSU football, according to Johnson’s Twitter bio and Chestnut on Twitter.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman, started in five games for the Buckeyes this past season and played in all 13 games, surrendering just 12 receptions and making 19 tackles according to Pro Football Focus. He played in two games as a freshman in 2021.
Chestnut was a Freshman All-American in 2021, according to ESPN, PFF, 247Sports and the Football Writers Association of America. He followed that up with a solid campaign in 2022, surrendering fewer than 50 receiving yards in all but two games. “Tiger fans what’s up!” Chestnut wrote.
A St. Louis native and former De Smet Jesuit High School star, Johnson has plenty of ties with LSU. His high school coach was LSU cornerbacks coach Robert Steeples, and he was teammates with Mekhi Wingo. He also played with Sevyn Banks for a season at Ohio State. Chestnut, meanwhile, is a New Jersey native.
Johnson and Chestnut provide needed depth and experience in LSU’s young cornerbacks room. Prior to their arrivals, the Tigers were projected to have just five games of Power 5 starting experience at the position group entering the 2023 season, depending on Banks’ status for this upcoming campaign.
Johnson and Chestnut are the third and fourth cornerbacks LSU has added from the transfer portal, joining Southeastern transfer Zy Alexander and Texas A&M transfer Denver Harris. The Tigers also signed four-star top-60 prospect Javien Toviano and three-star recruits Jeremiah Hughes and Ashton Stamps during the early signing period.
Johnson was a four-star cornerback and the No. 50 recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports Composite, out of De Smet. Chestnut was a three-star signee and the No. 7 player in New Jersey out of Camden High School.