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LSU freshman cornerback Eli Ricks (1) celebrates with his teammates after making an interception in the second half of the home opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 26. Ricks had a second interception in a win over Vanderbilt last week and is the SEC leader in that category.

LSU sophomore cornerback Eli Ricks plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal, according to multiple reports Monday morning.

Ricks underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum after LSU lost to Kentucky on Oct. 9. He appeared in six games this year and recorded 11 tackles, one pass breakup and one interception.

An immediate starter, Ricks became a freshman All-American and second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2020. The former five-star recruit started seven games and recorded a team-high four interceptions. He returned two of them for touchdowns.

Ricks has not formally entered the transfer portal yet, a source told The Advocate. Attempts to reach Ricks' family were unsuccessful.

Originally from Rancho Cucamonga, California, outside Los Angeles, Ricks won back-to-back national championships at Mater Dei High School before he transferred to IMG Academy his senior year.

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Ricks' family moved to Louisiana when he enrolled at LSU as the No. 14 overall player and No. 2 cornerback in the country, according to 247Sports. His father's parents were from Hammond.

Ricks initially formed one of the best cornerback tandems in the country alongside junior All-American Derek Stingley Jr. But Stingley suffered an ankle injury that ultimately ended his season, and Ricks needed surgery to address a recurring injury in his shoulder.

Rivals first reported Monday morning that Ricks planned to enter the transfer portal. Entering the transfer portal will allow other teams to make contact with him. Though rare, players sometimes return to their original school.

With Stingley likely headed to the NFL, Ricks would have led LSU's secondary next season. If he transfers, the Tigers will continue to lean on sophomore Dwight McGlothern and junior Cordale Flott, who also has the option to enter the NFL Draft.

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