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LSU Making Moves to Bolster Cornerback Depth

Freshman receiver Mannie Netherly to work at cornerback this spring.

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With LSU failing to sign a cornerback in the last recruiting cycle, it stood to reason that the coaching staff would look outside the current group of scholarship corners for some depth. And tonight, on Jacob Hester’s “Hangin’ With Hester” show, cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond announced that sophomore receiver Mannie Netherly will be one of the first players to get a shot this spring.

Netherly was a four-star prospect in the class of 2017 and saw limited action in 2017 — I wouldn’t be surprised if LSU tries to seek a late medical redshirt to get the year of eligibility back. But as a former high school quarterback, he does have the kind of raw athleticism that could maybe translate to the defensive backfield.

Most have expected four-star safety prospect Kelvin Joseph to work at corner, or at least nickel to help supplement the depth chart, and there had also been some speculation with 2018 receiver recruit Jaray Jenkins as well. Both could still be possible, but for spring practice purposes, there’s no harm in working Netherly at the spot now, especially with a very crowded wide receiver room.