Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATONE ROUGE, LA - Brian Kelly has wasted little time rebuilding his defensive secondary. While LSU looks to be set at safety in 2023, the cornerback position became decimated at season's end.
Thankfully DBU has attracted two very talented cornerbacks who have signed with the Tigers through the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Cornerbacks JK Johnson from Ohio State and Duce Chestnut from Syracuse will suit up in the purple and gold in 2023.
LSU's secondary became a position of need for the second straight offseason after several players have moved on from the program for one reason or another.
Damarius McGhee, Raydarious Jones and Jaelyn Davis-Robinson chose to enter the transfer portal.
Mekhi Garner entered the NFL draft, while Colby Richardson and Jarrick Bernard-Converse's
eligibility has come to an end.
JK Johnson joins LSU after playing two seasons at Ohio State. He was ranked in the top 50
players nationally coming out of high school and was ranked the No. 1 prep player in Missouri for the Class of 2021. He played high school football for LSU cornerbacks coach Robert Steeples.
Duce Chestnut was a Freshman All-American at Syracuse in 2021. He has started every game in both of his season with the Orange. He earned third team All-ACC honors along with being runner-up for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Both Johnson and Chestnut will bring leadership and game experience to the LSU secondary, while joining a group of very talented true freshmen.
Javien Toviano, Ashton Stamps and Jeremiah Hughes are a part of the very impressive 2023
recruiting class. Several expect Toviano and Stamps to contribute immediately for the Tigers.
Once again it looks like LSU has been able to reload the secondary to continue the DBU tradition.
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