This is quite a different experience for the LSU secondary to be going through. In past seasons there’s always been a mix of returning veteran talent and the up and coming “next-generation” stars waiting for their opportunity at “DBU.” But with two of the top cornerbacks in Derek Stingley and Cordale Flott declaring for the draft and two more transferring out of the program, the cupboard was left bare at cornerback.
LSU signed a few freshmen in Laterrance Welch and Jordan Allen and saw returners in Raydarious Jones and Demarius McGhee. There’s still quality depth at safety with Sage Ryan, Jay Ward, Major Burns, Derrick Davis, and Matthew Langlois also returning but the real strength comes with the new additions via the transfer portal.
Four transfers in safety Joe Foucha and cornerbacks Jarrick Converse, Mekhi Garner, and Gregory Brooks make up the veteran portion of this class. All have significant college experience and Louisiana roots but what Cooks–who will be coaching the safeties this season–has noticed is the sense that all of them want to put this secondary back at the top of the country.
“Just the DB’s in general I think they’re hungry, they’ve got desire to learn,” Cooks said. “They’ve got new energy with the new staff and I think the one thing we wanted to do, of the 13 transfers, four were defensive backs. With the attrition that happened we wanted to get guys with experience that could help us immediately.”