LSU freshman running back Tae Provens has entered the NCAA transfer portal, becoming the first Tigers scholarship running back to pursue a transfer this offseason.
"Leaving my brothers was the hardest part of this decision," Provens wrote in a Twitter post Thursday evening. "LSU will always have a special place in my heart. I have decided to separate myself from LSU and pursue my dreams somewhere else!"
Jeremiah 30:17 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/xc9P8d3M7X— Tae Provens2️⃣5️⃣ (@iamtaeprovens) March 22, 2019
The LSU running back room was set to be pretty crowded in 2019, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire returning, plus senior Lanard Fournette and sophomore Chris Curry. Two top 10 recruits aree also set to join the roster in Destrehan's John Emery (Nation's No. 2 RB, per 247Sports) and Southern Lab's Tyrion Davis-Price (Nation's No. 14 RB).
Provens, a three-star athlete from Gurley, Alabama, played in two games as a true freshman in 2018, which set him under the NCAA limit that allowed him to redshirt that season. His four carries for 13 yards came against Rice.
Players can enter the portal by notifying their athletic department, and the school's compliance department will enter the player's name into the database within two business days. Players still have the option to remove their names.
Provens is the fifth player in the transfer portal, joining defensive linemen Davin Cotton, Dominic Livingston, tight end Zach Sheffer and outside linebacker Dantrieze Scott.
Orgeron said some of the turnover has been because the football program entered the spring with eight scholarships over the 85 the NCAA allots every school, which happened due to low personnel turnover and a full, 25-man signing class.
Orgeron wishes "there wasn't a transfer portal," and said he tells players who enter the portal "If you change your mind, come back. Some of them have. Some of them have not."
Junior cornerback Mannie Netherly entered the portal on March 12, and Orgeron said he returned to the team. Netherly practiced with LSU on Thursday.
The transfer portal became an option in October, giving Division I athletes the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their original school for permission.
In the previous model, athletes had to receive permission from their school to transfer to other schools, which allowed schools to "block" their athletes from transferring to other programs within their conferences or that were on their schedules in future seasons.