Classes were back in session on the LSU campus Monday.
The summer semester, which runs through July 26, began with all of the Tigers’ football players enrolled in classes.
That allows them to participate in the all-important seven-on-seven drills that will lead up to the start of preseason camp in early August.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said Sunday that every available football player was expected to be enrolled in summer school. He noted that none had announced their intention to transfer.
Likewise, the LSU men's basketball team will be at full strength bright and early Tuesday when the Tigers begin their offseason work under the direction of strength and conditioning coach Greg Goldin.
Tigers coach Will Wade confirmed Monday that the seven returning players from last year’s 18-15 team that advanced to the second round of the NIT were enrolled in classes.
Led by point guard Tremont Waters, who last week withdrew his name from the NBA draft to return for his sophomore year, the group was joined by the eight newcomers that make up the top-three recruiting class put together by Wade and his coaching staff.
The only absentee Monday for Ed Orgeron’s football team was graduate transfer Terrence Alexander, a cornerback who is finishing up requirements for his undergraduate degree at Stanford. Because Stanford operates on a quarter system and not semesters, Alexander won’t graduate until June 17.
When he officially joins the fold, the former John Curtis standout should vie for playing time as a backup to All-American Greedy Williams or as a replacement for Donte Jackson on the other side.
Of course, the latest addition to the LSU football roster is quarterback Joe Burrow, the grad transfer from Ohio State who moved in last weekend.
The 2014 Ohio Mr. Football Award winner will get right to work on trying to land the starting job over sophomore Myles Brennan, junior Justin McMillan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse.
Orgeron said in April that none of the three returnees separated himself from the rest of the pack during the team’s NCAA-allowed 15 spring practices.
That could allow Burrow to slip in and steal the No. 1 job and replace Danny Etling although Orgeron said at the Southeastern Conference spring meeting last week that there is “no starting quarterback at LSU right now.”
Wade last week filled out his roster for the 2018-19 season with the addition of junior-college transfers Danya Kingsby and Courtese Cooper.
Preferred walk-on Noah Thomas also enrolled Monday along with five early signees — Nazreon Reid, Emmitt Williams, Ja’Vonte Smart, Darius Days and Marlon Taylor.
They join Waters and fellow returnees Skylar Mays, Daryl Edwards, Wayde Sims, Brandon Rachal, Kavell Bigby-Williams and walk-on Marshall Graves in the classroom and for offseason conditioning.
Wade's 2018 recruiting class is third in the nation in the 247Sports composite rankings behind only Duke and Kentucky.