LSU redshirt freshman tackle Chidi Okeke announced Tuesday that he'll transfer from LSU.
Okeke, a 6-foot-6, 312-pounder originally from Africa, has played in every game this season as a member of special teams. He redshirted last season, sitting out while learning more about the game of football.
Okeke only played high school football for two years after making his way from his native Nigeria to the Miami area and then moving to Georgia.
Though he was listed as a third-string left tackle this season, the LSU staff had high hopes for his future. He had raw talent that former LSU coach Les Miles said in the spring that he was "excited" about.
Okeke made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday morning, saying he had received his release from LSU.
Announcement for all my well wishers and coaches, I just got my release from LSU. I'm looking forward to know where I'm going next!— Valentine Okeke (@OkekeChidi96) December 13, 2016
LSU will lose two offensive line starters after this season in seniors Ethan Pocic and guard Josh Boutte. They return three players who have seen significant time at tackle: K.J. Malone, Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby. Okeke would have likely served as a reserve for another season.
Okeke made his way to America through the Ejike Ugboaja Foundation, a non-profit group aimed at securing high school and college scholarships in the United States for Nigeria’s most talented teenagers. He was expected to play basketball but was lured to the football field, where he developed into a four-star talent.