LSU Football: WR hitting transfer portal isn’t a major loss for Tigers

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LSU Football lost a wide receiver to the NCAA transfer portal on Friday.

Devonta Lee is leaving Baton Rouge according to a report from 247Sports.

Lee is a former four-star recruit who signed with the Tigers during the 2019 recruiting cycle. He was rated as the No. 8 athlete in the country and the No. 10 player in Louisiana.

During his three seasons at LSU, Lee bounced around from wide receiver to linebacker and back to wide receiver. He seemingly never found his groove with the Tigers.

Lee caught 11 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown during his time with LSU. His one touchdown came this season in a blowout win against Central Michigan. The Amite, LA native caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Max Johnson (who has since transferred to Texas A&M).

Losing Devonta Lee isn’t a major loss for LSU football

Losing players is never ideal, but this doesn’t feel like a major loss for the Tigers.

Lee wasn’t going to break into the wide receiver rotation this season.

LSU has Jaray Jenkins, Kayshon Boutte, Jack Bech, Malik Nabers, Brian Thomas Jr, and Chris Hilton returning in 2022. The Tigers also signed Landon Ibieta during the early signing period in December.

Lee simply wasn’t going to see much action in 2022. And it seemed unlikely that he’d make an impact at linebacker. While this hurts LSU’s depth a bit, it’s not a loss that’s going to impact the Tigers’ win/loss record next season.

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As for Lee’s decision to leave? Well, it’s hard to blame him. The kid wants to play. And the path to playing at LSU is non-existent. It makes sense that he’d want to take his chances elsewhere.