CB Kelvin Joseph questionable for Rice game, Orgeron lists who could step in

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs wide receiver Adrian Hardy (6) runs the ball as LSU Tigers cornerback Kelvin Joseph (1) defends during second half action in Baton Rouge on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The LSU Tigers defeated the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 38-21.

Former LSU defensive back Kelvin Joseph has transferred to Kentucky, the Wildcats athletic department confirmed Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Joseph, who played in 11 of LSU's 13 games at cornerback last season, will sit out the 2019 season due to transfer rules, a Kentucky athletic official said.

The move to the SEC East is the last development in a transfer saga with the Scotlandville High graduate and Baton Rouge native, who first entered the NCAA transfer portal in May before rejoining the team days later.

Joseph said he was "officially" in the transfer portal for good on July 17, and he joins the Wildcats days before their season opener against Toledo on Aug. 31.

Joseph tagged a Kentucky news outlet in a Twitter post late Monday night, posting "@BBN I NEED SHOUTOUT." 

BBN stands for Big Blue Nation, a nickname of the Kentucky fan base.

The news comes on the same day that LSU cornerback Mannie Netherly announced on Twitter that he was officially entering the transfer portal.

Netherly interacted with Joseph on Twitter late Monday night, and Joseph replied with what appeared to be a recruiting pitch to Netherly to join him in Kentucky: "I'll be calling u soon."

Joseph recorded 12 tackles and broke up one pass as a true freshman in 2018, and he missed one game with an apparent hamstring injury and missed the Fiesta Bowl victory over UCF when he was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Joseph was once indecisive in May.

Joseph's name was in the portal May 20, but by late afternoon, there was no trace of the player's name in 247Sports' tracking of the transfer portal after the site was updated just before 5 p.m.

"He's not transferring," Joseph's father, Kelvin Sr., told The Advocate then.

The LSU secondary has plenty of depth, but most of it is young and unproven at cornerback.

Preseason All-American Kristian Fulton is a returning starter at corner, and star true freshman Derek Stingley will start opposite Fulton. Returning starting nickel safety Kary Vincent could also play corner.

Four other true freshmen are behind Fulton and Stingley: Cordale Flott, Maurice Hampton, Raydarious Jones and Jay Ward.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Flott could start at corner if called upon, and Jones suffered a few injuries and is "not ready to go right now."

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.

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.

Email Brooks Kubena at bkubena@theadvocate.com.