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John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen poses in front of the Patriots' 26 state championship trophies after committing to LSU.

A third offensive lineman is transferring from the LSU football program.

Willie Allen, a former John Curtis standout who redshirted as a freshman last season, plans to transfer, he announced on Twitter on Sunday night. 

Allen joins fellow tackle Chidi Okeke and center Andy Dodd as O-line transfers since coach Ed Orgeron took over the program. He becomes the second transfer in the past week, joining cornerback Saivion Smith.

Allen never played in a game; he suffered an injury during his first preseason camp in August. It forced him to miss his rookie year. At the time, then-coach Les Miles characterized it as a leg injury. 

Allen had surgery last fall to repair the injury.

The No. 16 tackle in the nation among the 2016 recruits, Allen practiced this spring as LSU's No. 2 left tackle, taking snaps behind starter K.J. Malone. 

If Allen transfers to a Football Bowl Subdivision program, he must sit out the 2017 season in adherence to NCAA transfer rules. He would have three years of eligibility starting in 2018. 

Allen, seen as a reserve at either tackle position, was one of just eight healthy scholarship offensive linemen this spring, with Will Clapp (shoulder), Toby Weathersby (ankle) and Donavaughn Campbell (shoulder) out while recovering from surgeries. The Tigers will add three more this summer in signees Edward Ingram, Seth Stewart and Saadhiq Charles. 

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