Coveted LSU offensive lineman reveals transfer destination

The LSU football staff completed spring camp evaluations in April, and when the NCAA Transfer Portal opened on April 16, the program began seeing players leave Baton Rouge.

Brian Kelly and Co. saw seven members of the spring football squad announce their intention to enter the portal; including coveted offensive lineman Joseph Cryer.

The Louisiana native revealed he would be hitting the free agent market after less than four full months on campus. Cryer, a member of LSU’s 2024 recruiting class, arrived in Baton Rouge in January as an early enrollee.

Now he has left the program and discovered where he will continue his playing career: South Mississippi.

Cryer announced Saturday morning that he will transfer to Southern Miss and join a Golden Eagles program that recently joined the Sun Belt Conference.

It’s been an interesting path for the former three-star prospect, who was rated as one of the top recruits in the Bayou State.

Cryer was committed to Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels for most of his senior campaign, but a late offer from Brad Davis and the LSU football staff changed his thought process.

Cryer, a player who dreamed of playing in Death Valley, quickly backed away from his commitment to the Rebels and switched to the LSU Tigers.

Now, after a brief stint in Baton Rouge, Cryer will head elsewhere to play his 2024 season at Southern Miss.

The buzz from the LSU transfer portal:

The rooms (7):

– EDGE Jaxon Howard

-WR Khai Prean

– TE Connor Gilbreath

-DB Ryan Yaites

-LB Christian Braithwaite

-CB Jeremiah Hughes

-OL Joseph Cryer

For LSU, it was clear that this program would be in flux this spring as roster reconstruction continues in Baton Rouge.

Phase 1 was to hold exit meetings with the players in the spring to see what the future holds, and with that the players were expected to make their intentions to leave known if necessary.

The main focus will be to stay under the number of scholarships as they try to build up the defensive line.

Now with limited flexibility, the Tigers have begun Phase 2: Capturing visits with defensive linemen to become competitive in that area.

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