LSU moving wide receiver Mannie Netherly to cornerback

After not signing a cornerback in the 2018 class, LSU is short on numbers at the position with only four returning scholarship corners. Ed Orgeron announced safety signee Kelvin Joseph will play corner, but the Tigers will also look for DB help at other spots on the roster.

“We think we’ll move Mannie Netherly from receiver to corner,” LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond said on “Hangin’ with Hester” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. “He’ll add some depth and that will help.”

Netherly (6-feet-3, 194 pounds) was a consensus four-star prospect in the 2017 class out of Texas. He redshirted as a true freshman amid a crowded receivers room. After signing four receivers in 2018, LSU has 12 scholarship wideouts on the roster, including Netherly.

LSU returns freshman All-American Greedy Williams as well as rising sophomores Jontre Kirlin and Kary Vincent, Jr., who each saw time at corner as true freshmen in 2017. Former five-star signee Kristian Fulton’s status is “still up in the air” according to Orgeron. Fulton missed the entire 2017 season due to undisclosed reasons.

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Raymond also discussed the addition of safeties coach Bill Busch, who was added to the staff earlier this month.

“It’s a good thing to have extra eyes on guys,” he said. Busch and Raymond worked on the same staff at Utah State in 2009-10.

LSU opens spring practice March 11 and will hold its annual spring game in Tiger Stadium April 21.

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