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As the Portal Turns: Tigers Gain One Player, Lose Another

Austin Ausberry in, Jalen Brown out


The deadline to enter the transfer portal closed Tuesday and LSU saw another key piece to its 2023 class enter just before the deadline passed.

Freshman wide receiver Jalen Brown reportedly put his name into the portal. Brown was a high four-star prospect and was a consensus top-100 overall player. Brown is originally from the Miami area and will have four years of eligibility remaining. He played in three games this season and did not record any statistics.

Brown put his name in the portal hours after fellow true freshman Zalance Heard put his name in. Brown was LSU’s fifth highest rated commit in its 2023 class, while Heard was No. 1.

But of course while portal taketh, it also giveth and LSU got some secondary help in the shape of Austin Ausberry. Ausberry fits what LSU has typically taken from the portal, which is to say a Louisiana native coming back home. He prepped literally on LSU’s campus at U-High and was a top-200 overall player before signing with Auburn.

Ausberry played corner in high school but switched to safety at Auburn. He redshirted in 2022, and only played in three games this season. Ausberry is also the son of former LSU player and current administrator Verge Ausberry.

We’re also monitoring the status of former Ohio State corner Jyaire Brown. Brown, a New Orleans native, put his name into the portal a month ago and tweeted a picture of himself with Sherman Wilson and Frank Wilson at the football ops building last night.

If and when Brown pops we’ll have something up. Keep it locked.