Finding the best LSU offensive candidate to switch to cornerback

  • Alex Hickey
  • SEC Country
10:33 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Sports

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Question of the Day: Friday, Feb. 9

It’s no secret that LSU missed out on its top target for National Signing Day. The Tigers also didn’t get their backup plan for Patrick Surtain Jr. at cornerback, leaving them thinner at the position than originally anticipated.

But we’re here to turn lemons into lemonade.

You’ve probably noticed that LSU now has a bevy of options at wide receiver. And logic dictates that one of those guys could be converted into a cornerback. After all, LSU did the same thing in reverse with Russell Gage Jr. back when it had too many corners and not enough receivers. Logic dictates something similar can be done now.

To answer Carter’s question, yes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean LSU will be converting any receivers into cornerbacks. There are viable options within the secondary itself.

Signee Kelvin Joseph was expected to be a safety, but it’s clear that his best path to the field is at corner. He played both in high school. Senior Ed Paris is another tweener who might be more useful at corner when you consider that John Battle, Eric Monroe, JaCoby Stevens, Grant Delpit and Todd Harris are back at safety.

But if LSU felt a need to move one of its wide receivers to cornerback, the player best suited to the role is signee Jaray Jenkins.

According to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman, Jenkins played corner at LSU’s camp when he was a high school junior and looked good. Jenkins, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Jena, La., signed as a receiver, but played both ways in high school.

No one has asked Jenkins to move, and it might never happen. But in a hypothetical situation, he is the LSU wide receiver with a skill set that seems capable of helping the Tigers defense in a pinch.

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