Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (1) makes a 2 yard touchdown reception against Central Michigan Chippewas defensive back Donte Kent (19) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

WR Kayshon Boutte to wear coveted No. 7 at LSU

LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte will wear No. 7 — the jersey reserved for players in the program who excel on the field and inspire teammates off it — in 2022.

The school announced Boutte’s selection on Thursday, saying “the No. 7 jersey has become associated with a player who is a dynamic playmaker while also displaying all of the qualities necessary to build championship teams around.”

Players who previously wore the jersey include defensive backs Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Derek Stingley Jr. and wide receiver DJ Chark.

“I am excited to get back on the field with my brothers and work all season,” Boutte said in a news release. “To do it in the No. 7, and follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest players in LSU history, is an honor.”

He previously wore No. 1.

A junior, Boutte played in 16 games over his first two seasons. He has caught 83 passes for 1,244 yards with 14 touchdowns with the Tigers. He has five 100-yard receiving games, including the 2020 season finale against Ole Miss, in which he caught 14 passes for a Southeastern Conference-record 308 yards with three touchdowns as a freshman.

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5-star WR Jalen Brown commits to LSU’s 2023 class

LSU coach Brian Kelly nabbed the first five-star prospect in his 2023 class with the commitment of wide receiver Jalen Brown.

Brown, who attends Gulliver Prep in Miami, committed to the Tigers on Friday. He visited LSU, Michigan and Miami in June.

The 6-foot-1 Kelly is ranked as the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 29 player overall in the class by the 247Sports composite. He is the second receiver in the Tigers’ 2023 class following three-star prospect Kyle Parker of Texas.

Brown is the seventh player to commit to the Tigers so far in July, giving LSU 13 members of the 2023 class.

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Sep 4, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Louisiana State Tigers wide receiver Koy Moore (2) runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins during the first half the at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Former LSU WR Koy Moore transfers to Auburn

Koy Moore, a former LSU wide receiver who entered the transfer portal last fall, announced that he would be transferring to Auburn.

The former four-star, top-300 recruit (per 247 Sports) prepped at Rummel in the New Orleans area and contributed to the Baton Rouge-based Tigers as a freshman in 2020. He had 22 catches for 177 yards over eight games.

Moore saw less playing time in 2021, only catching five balls for 71 yards in three games.

He rejoins former LSU quarterback TJ Finley in Auburn.

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Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is announced as the third overall pick to the Houston Texans during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Texans sign CB Derek Stingley Jr. to $34.7M deal

The Houston Texans signed cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, to a four-year, $34.7 million deal, multiple outlets reported Friday.

He will receive a signing bonus of $22.39 million.

Stingley played collegiately at LSU and was a first-team All-American in 2019 and 2020. He started 25 games at LSU, and the Tigers were 20-5 with him on the field. They were undefeated in 2019 and won the national championship.

In his LSU career, Stingley had 73 tackles (seven for loss), six interceptions and 21 passes defensed.

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Corey Kiner runs the ball as The LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers in Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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LSU RB Corey Kiner enters transfer portal

LSU running back Corey Kiner announced Monday he is entering the NCAA transfer portal.

Kiner ranked second on the Tigers with 324 rushing yards as a freshman last season.

“My time as a tiger has come to an end,” he posted on Twitter. “I would like to start a new chapter in my life and explore my options to continue my career as a student-athlete elsewhere.”

Kiner added two rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 10 yards in 11 games in 2021.

The Cincinnati native was a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 10 RB prospect in the Class of 2021 by the 247 Sports composite.

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Jan 12, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; An LSU Tigers helmet on display before the head coaches press conference for the CFP with LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron and Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney at the Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Ballroom. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

LSU picks up commitment from 4-star TE Mac Markway

Class of 2023 four-star tight end Mac Markway committed to play at LSU on Thursday.

The St. Louis, Mo., native is the 100th-ranked recruit in the class, per 247Sports’ composite, and the seventh-best tight end.

Markway also considered Iowa, Ohio State, Miami and Florida.

“I’ve known way before I took the visit that they were my No. 1 and once I took the visit it really sealed the deal without question,” Markway told 247Sports. “Just the fit there, the fit there with the tight end room.”

Markway is listed at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds.

The Class of 2023 will mark LSU’s first full recruiting cycle under new head coach Brian Kelly.

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Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State linebacker Damone Clark (LB10) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: LSU LB Damone Clark has spinal fusion surgery

Former LSU linebacker Damone Clark is undergoing spinal fusion surgery Thursday, NFL Network reported.

An MRI at the scouting combine in Indianapolis earlier this month revealed a herniated disk, per the report.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Clark ranked as the No. 4 inside linebacker prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

The report said Clark will likely miss his 2022 rookie season but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Clark led the Southeastern Conference with 136 tackles in 2021, adding 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 12 games for the Tigers.

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Dec 30, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) warms up before facing the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: LSU lands transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels

Arizona State transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels will enroll at LSU, multiple outlets reported Sunday, and he will be eligible to play next season.

Daniels, who is a graduate transfer, is expected to enroll at LSU later this month, ESPN reported. The mobile quarterback brings a wealth of experience, throwing for 6,025 and 32 touchdowns in three seasons for the Sun Devils. He also rushed for 1,288 yards and 13 more scores.

Daniels will be in a quarterback competition at LSU with senior Myles Brennan, freshman Garrett Nussmeier and Walker Howard, who just enrolled early in the program.

A native of San Bernardino, Calif., outside of Los Angeles, Daniels threw for 2,381 yards and 10 touchdowns with 10 interceptions this past season as the Sun Devils went 8-5 (6-3 Pac-12), losing to Wisconsin 20-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Daniels threw for just 159 yards with an interception in his final game for the Sun Devils, while also rushing for 40 yards on 19 carries.

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Oct 16, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; A detailed view of Texas A&M Aggies helmets during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star LB Harold Perkins decommits from Texas A&M

Late in the Class of 2022 recruiting cycle, a five-star prospect is back on the proverbial market.

Linebacker Harold Perkins, the No. 4 overall recruit in the class per the 247Sports Composite, decommitted from Texas A&M on Monday.

The Aggies had commitments from three of the top five prospects in the class, with Perkins joined by defensive lineman Walter Nolen (No. 2) and wide receiver Evan Stewart (No. 5). Jimbo Fisher’s program still has the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country as of Monday, narrowly ahead of SEC rivals Alabama and Georgia.

Perkins, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Cypress, Texas, announced his intentions to choose his college on national signing day.

“This has been one of the hardest decisions to make, but I will be decommitting from Texas A&M and will announce my decision February 2nd at my school,” he wrote on social media.

According to reports from ESPN and The Athletic, Perkins is considering LSU, Florida and Miami — all of which are starting over with new coaches and would bolster mediocre classes with a five-star signing.

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Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (7) reacts after making a tackle against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Clause/The Advertiser via USA TODAY NETWORK

LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. declares for NFL draft

Highly coveted LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. declared for the NFL draft on Thursday.

Stingley, a consensus All-American in 2019 when the Tigers won the national championship, announced his decision through The Players’ Tribune.

“Becoming a national champion and being a part of the real DBU,” Stingley wrote, citing his school’s penchant for producing NFL-caliber defensive backs. “Those experiences will last me a lifetime, and I’m proud to say I contributed to that. I’ll always rep LSU and the brotherhood forever.

“Right now I know that I am ready to lock in and focus on what’s next. I wanted you to hear it from me first that I’ll be declaring for the 2022 NFL draft.”

Stingley is considered the top cornerback in the draft with some prognosticators forecasting he will be one of the top five selections.

His 2021 season was short, ending after three games due to a left foot injury that required season-ending surgery.

All six of Stingley’s interceptions at LSU came in 2019. He had 73 tackles and two forced fumbles in 25 career games (24 starts).

Stingley is the grandson of the late Darryl Stingley, a former New England Patriots receiver who was paralyzed by a hit from Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum in a 1978 preseason game.

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