Willie Allen won't miss another year of football after all.
Allen, the former LSU tackle and John Curtis standout, is transferring to Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, he confirmed late Thursday night.
Allen, a 6-7, 310-pounder who announced his plans to transfer earlier this month, visited several major conference schools over the past few weeks, including UCLA and Baylor, but he chose the junior college route so not to miss a year of eligibility.
Allen redshirted last year at LSU, burning his extra year. NCAA athletes can play four season over five years. Transferring to a Division I school would have forced Allen to sit out a second season in 2017, in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
Allen's transfer sparked national interest last week when it was revealed that LSU blocked him from transferring to TCU. The school claims that there was impermissible contact between a TCU staff member and Allen, a source told The Advocate — the reason for the decision.
Allen declined an interview request last week about the subject, sending this text message: "I have nothing but love and respect for Coach O and all of my brothers at LSU."
Willie Allen, the ex-John Curtis offensive tackle who announced his departure from LSU earli…
Allen signed with the Tigers as the 17th-ranked tackle in the 2016 class. He injured his leg during preseason camp and needed surgery last fall, forcing him to miss the season.
Allen joined fellow tackle Chidi Okeke and center Andy Dodd as O-line transfers since Orgeron took over the program. The coach admitted in a radio interview last week that Allen's departure will force young players into bigger roles and lead the coach to, potentially, sign a junior college tackle.
Allen practiced this spring as a backup at both tackle spots.
"If he ever wants to come back, we have a spot for Willie Allen. Puts a little pressure on getting some young guys ready," Orgeron said on ESPN 104.5 FM’s Off The Bench. "Probably going to have to go in and recruit a (junior college) offensive tackle to come in and play for us next year."