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The winningest coach in Notre Dame history made waves in December when he made the decision to take his talents from South Bend to the Bayou.
Since his hiring, Brian Kelly has signed a top-10 recruiting class and has added multiple high-level transfers from the transfer portal. Here, we’re gonna look at 10 different players who could make a huge impact for Kelly and the Tigers this season.
We’ll look at a few offensive linemen, a few defensive backs, a running back, and a quarterback. First, let’s look at an offensive lineman from the transfer portal that could start at offensive tackle on Day 1.
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After having more than 30 offers, Frazier transferred to LSU over Ohio State and Florida State. The former Florida International offensive tackle started in 2021 and earned All-Conference USA honors from Pro Football Focus.
Frazier will have three years of eligibility remaining. Immediately, he will help fortify an offensive line that was in need of rebuilding. The Tigers lost three starters from last year’s group, so adding someone as talented as Frazier was a significant step in the right direction.
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Brooks is another transfer who could significantly impact the Tigers in 2022. Last season for Arkansas, Brooks played in 13 games as he recorded 47 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and an interception.
Brooks appeared in 33 games over three seasons during his time with the Razorbacks. He racked up 111 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, eight passes defended, two forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown over that span.
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Unlike Brooks and Frazier, Wingo doesn’t fill an immediate need for LSU. However, teaming with Maason Smith and Jaquelin Roy coming back, Wingo will significantly impact the Tigers’ defensive line.
At Missouri last season, Wingo pressured the quarterback 14 times, according to Pro Football Focus. He also recorded 27 tackles, one sack and an interception. Pairing Wingo with LSU’s returning defenders will give the team a ton of defensive line depth.
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Perkins is the highest-rated recruit in LSU’s 2022 class. He was the No. 5 overall recruit, No. 1 linebacker and No. 1 player from Texas according to 247Sports.
Perkins will be a great addition to the Tigers and should receive playing time immediately. He will join Micah Baskerville, Mike Jones Jr., Greg Penn III and Josh White at the linebacker position.
Usually, tackles don’t take a lot of snaps as freshmen. However, Campbell could be a rare exception to this rule.
A four-star recruit out of Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana, Campbell was the No. 4 player at the tackle position and No. 36 overall, according to 247Sports. He will join a position group that has struggled the past few seasons.
If the unit struggles again, Campbell will likely see the field. While LSU has some players ahead of him on the depth chart, don’t be surprised if Campbell figures into the team’s plan in 2022.
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Bernard, a defensive back transfer from Oklahoma State, started 47 consecutive games in four years for the Cowboys. He finished his career at OSU appearing in 51 games with 216 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, 23 passes defended and a pair of interceptions. He was also twice named to the First Team Academic All-Big 12 list.
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Garner is a transfer cornerback from Louisiana, where he earned Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2021. He was a two-year starter at cornerback for the Ragin’ Cajuns, helping Louisiana to a 13-1 mark and the Sun Belt title in 2021. In three years in Lafayette, he appeared in 26 games with 19 starts. He has 63 career tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three career interceptions and 18 pass breakups.
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Yet another transfer defensive back and another player from Arkansas, Foucha appeared in 44 games for the Razorbacks, starting 33 times and recording 231 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 17 pass deflections, five interceptions and 2.5 sacks during his career.
Starting experience in the SEC? Check. Louisiana native? Check. Leader? Check. Brian Kelly hit the ball out of the park with this pickup.
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Noah Cain didn’t have to click his heels together to figure out that there’s no place like home. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he’s coming back to the bayou as a transfer running back from Penn State with two years of eligibility left.
He appeared in 24 games with the Nittany Lions, starting eight times. In three years with the team, he rushed for 790 yards and 12 touchdowns on 192 carries, and he caught 24 passes for 154 yards. He set the Penn State freshman record with eight rushing touchdowns in 2019. In 2021, he rushed for 334 yards on 105 carries and four touchdowns.
Walker Howard is a legacy quarterback at LSU. His father, Jamie, was also a starting quarterback in Death Valley. Going into the spring and fall camps, the younger Howard has the opportunity to earn the starting quarterback role. Howard threw for over 3,000 yards and 42 touchdowns with five interceptions at St. Thomas More High School in 2020.

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