As had been speculated for some time, LSU picked up some needed depth at the cornerback position for the 2018 season with the commitment of Stanford cornerback Terrence Alexander. He will transfer to LSU this summer and be immediately eligible under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.
Alexander is a New Orleans native who prepped at powerhouse John Curtis Christian, and signed with the Cardinal in 2014 as the No. 36 cornerback recruit in his class. He saw the field quickly as a true freshman and accumulated 57 tackles, seven pass break-ups, one interception and one forced fumble in four seasons at Stanford, mostly as a reserve. He played in just one game in 2017 due to injury. As a recruit, Alexander chose the Cardinal over Notre Dame, and as a transfer player he selected LSU over Tennessee.
The 5-10, 185-pound Alexander won’t necessarily be expected to start at LSU opposite Greedy Williams, but should provide solid depth as a third or fourth cornerback along with Kary Vincent, Jontre Kirklin and Mannie Netherly. That is, of course, pending the availability of sophomore Kristian Fulton, currently appealing an NCAA suspension.
Overall, not a move that’s going to dramatically impact LSU’s 2018 fortunes — certainly doesn’t make up for Patrick Surtain Jr. — but a solid depth pick up from a Power-Five program known for generally fielding talent on defense. Somebody that should help in spots and provide some injury insurance.