LSU Football Adds Cornerbacks from Ohio State and Syracuse Through Transfer Portal
The LSU football team has added two more defensive players via the transfer portal.
Ohio State cornerback JK Johnson and Syracuse cornerback Darian Chestnut have both announced via Twitter that they have transferred to the LSU football program.
Johnson was a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes this past season. He started five games in 2022 and played in all 13 games.
For the season, Johnson allowed just 12 receptions while making 19 tackles. He played in two games back in 2021 as a freshman.
A native of St. Louis, Johnson does have ties with LSU. His high school coach was LSU cornerbacks coach Robert Steeples and he was teammates with LSU defensive lineman Mekhi Wingo. He also played with Sevyn Banks for a season at Ohio State.
Chestnut also comes to LSU with some pretty good credentials. He was named a Freshman All-American in 2021 by ESPN, PFF, 247Sports and the Football Writers Association of America.
He followed up that with a solid season in 2022 where he surrendered fewer than 50 receiving yards in all but two games.
The addition of Johnson and Chestnut was much needed as the cornerbacks room for the Tigers is currently inexperienced. Before the arrival of these two players, LSU was projected to have just five games of Power 5 starting experience in the group heading into the 2023 season.
The duo becomes the third and fourth cornerbacks added to the LSU roster from the transfer portal joining Southeastern transfer Zy Alexander and Texas A&M transfer Denver Harris.
The Tigers also signed four-star high schooler Javien Toviano along with three-star recruits Jeremiah Hughes and Ashton Stamps during the early signing period.