For the second time in less than a week, it appears LSU is losing a player on the defensive side of the ball to transfer.
While the school has yet to confirm it, defensive end Jordan Allen told TigerRag.com that he has been granted permission to speak to other schools about a transfer. Because he would be a graduate transfer, he would be permitted to play immediately and use his final season of eligibility at an FBS program.
Allen told the website that he’s been granted permission to talk to any team not in the SEC and not on LSU’s non-conference schedule this year. The Tigers’ out-of-conference games this season are Wisconsin, Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico State.
The defensive lineman is uncertain to where he will transfer, but did mention he’s been in contact with Louisiana-Lafayette.
Interestingly, Allen’s decision to transfer has nothing to do with football. Instead, it’s related to academics — specifically, the fact that he couldn’t get into grad school at LSU after receiving his bachelor’s degree.
“Schooling is a big thing,” Allen told the website. “If I’m going to be in school taking classes, I don’t want to be pursuing something that I don’t know the end to – which is what I feel like I’m doing right now as far as the classes that I’m taking right now. It’s not really the classes, but it’s the path I’m on, I don’t really know what it is.”
Allen, who had been participating in spring practice, entered the 2013 season as a starting end before losing that job. He ultimately played in all 13 games for the Tigers after missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury.
A four-star member of LSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Allen was rated as the No. 10 strongside end in the country coming out of high school in West Monroe, Louisiana.
(Tip O’ the Cap: New Orleans Times-Picayune)