Here are the LSU football players in the transfer portal and where they’ve landed

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WIth the 2021 season quickly coming to a close, the transfer portal in college football is swinging wide open.

Here’s an updated tracker of which LSU players have entered the transfer portal and where they are going.

Landon Jackson, DL

Jackson, a freshman and former four-star recruit out of Pleasant Grove in Texas, appeared in five games for LSU this season.

He officially entered the portal last week and signed with Arkansas on Wednesday.

Max Johnson, QB

Johnson, a sophomore, announced on Tuesday that he was entering the transfer portal.

The Georgia native was LSU’s starting quarterback in 2021, playing in all 12 games and throwing for 2,815 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was benched during the Tigers’ loss to Arkansas in favor of freshman Garrett Nussmeier, but Johnson started LSU’s last two games against UL Monroe and Texas A&M — both wins.

His younger brother Jake — a four-star tight end — also decommitted from LSU at the same time on Tuesday.

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Deion Smith, WR

Smith showed flashes of real promise as a freshman for the Tigers.

The Mississippi native had a monstrous two-touchdown performance against Central Michigan, in which he also compiled a season-high 135 receiving yards on five catches. But Smith didn’t catch more than two balls in a game for the rest of the season and finished the year with 11 receptions for 186 yards.

Coming out of high school, Smith was a four-star recruit and a top 100 prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. Smith has not officially entered the portal but announced his intention to do so on Tuesday.

Peyton Badyrka, K

Badyrka is a freshman out of Dunmore in Pennsylvania. He was a walk-on at LSU this season after making 44 of 45 extra-point attempts as a junior in 2019 and a 42-yard field goal in 2020.

He officially entered the portal on Tuesday.

Eli Ricks, CB

Ricks was expected to be a cornerstone player for Daronte Jones’ defense heading into the season. The sophomore concluded his freshman year at LSU as a Freshman All-American and AP Third-Team All-American.

But a shoulder injury he picked up in LSU’s loss to Kentucky in October sidelined him for the rest of 2021, finishing the year with just 11 tackles and an interception. A five-star recruit out of IMG Academy, Ricks was the No. 14 prospect nationally in the 2020 class.

Ricks officially entered the portal on Nov. 23 and announced on Twitter Wednesday that he was signing with Alabama.

Brennan, a redshirt senior, was in line to fight for the starting quarterback job this summer before breaking his left arm in a fishing accident in August. Not only did he lose a chance at the starting job, but Brennan did not appear in a game for the Tigers this season and entered the portal on Nov. 3.

Brennan played in three games in 2020, completing 79 of 131 pass attempts for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns, splitting playing time with Johnson and sophomore T.J. Finley — who has since transferred to Auburn. Brennan finishes his Tigers career with 13 touchdown passes for 1,712 yards.

Nate Harris, LB

Harris is a freshman linebacker out of Leonard High School in Texas. He was a walk-on for the Tigers this season and didn’t appear in any games.

Harris entered the portal on Oct. 29.

Navonteque Strong, LB

Strong is a sophomore linebacker and came to LSU as the No. 1 middle linebacker prospect in the nation coming from a junior college, according to 247Sports. He spent his freshman year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Strong appeared in eight games this season with 17 tackles and a sack. He officially entered the portal on Oct. 27.

Koy Moore, WR

Moore had 22 catches for 177 yards last season as a freshman out of Archbishop Rummel. But the sophomore had trouble building off of his initial success this year, only playing in six games.

He finished this season with five catches for 71 yards. Moore entered the portal on Oct. 19.

This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: LSU football players in the NCAA transfer portal and where they landed

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