One of the biggest challenges heading into 2024 for LSU will be how do you replace All-American wide receivers Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr.?
Future NFL star receivers grow on trees in Louisiana and while the hope is guys like Kyren Lacy emerges as a true No. 1, or a young player like Shelton Sampson takes the next step and becomes a contributor, these days it doesn’t hurt to take some proven experience out of the transfer portal.
LSU did that a few weeks ago with Zavion Thomas. Now they’re doing it again with former Liberty wide receiver CJ Daniels.
Daniels is visiting Baton Rouge this weekend and he’s apparently seen enough already as he’s reportedly committed to LSU. Daniels caught 55 passes for 1,067 yards and 10 touchdowns last season as he helped Liberty secure a bid to the Fiesta Bowl. He has one last year of eligibility remaining.
With the state of LSU’s defensive line and backfield, using a roster spot on a transfer wide receiver might raise some eyebrows. But I’d argue adding an experienced receiver will go a long ways toward helping first-year starting quarterback Garrett Nussmeier develop.
In four years at Liberty, Daniels has 106 catches for 1,954 yards, and 21 touchdowns. By comparison, Kyren Lacy has 104 catches, 1,494 yards, and 17 touchdowns in 52 games, while Daniels has played in 42.