LSU’s depth at defensive back was severely tested late last season but thanks to the addition of four talented defensive backs in the 2019 signing class, the Tigers appeared poised to have both quality and quantity on the backend of Dave Aranda’s defense in 2019.

That notion may be soon taking a hit as sophomore defensive back Kelvin Joseph has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal. News of Joseph’s decision was first reported by Matt Zenitz of

Players are allowed to enter the NCAA transfer portal and still return to the program, however, the action allows other schools to freely contact and recruit them to leave their current school.

Joseph appeared in 11 games for the Tigers last season and finished the season with 12 tackles and one pass defended. He did not play in the Fiesta Bowl due to suspension, which came following a violation of team rules. The Baton Rouge native was as a top-five safety and a top 50 overall prospect nationally in the 2018 recruiting cycle out of Scotlandville Magnet High School. He signed with LSU over offers from Florida, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee, among others.

Expectations for true freshman and early enrollee Derek Stingley were already sky high in Baton Rouge and if Joseph does leave LSU’s program, the true freshman better live up to the hype immediately if the Tigers are going to live up to their lofty preseason expectations.