LSU has added an unexpected player to its list of official visitors this weekend: former Tulane QB Tanner Lee.
Lee, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound pro-style QB, started 19 games the last two seasons at Tulane before being granted his release earlier this month. In nine starts this past season, Lee threw for 1,639 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
It won’t be his first visit to LSU.
“I’ve been up there a few times. A lot of my buddies from high school are at LSU. I know what the games are like,” he said Wednesday. “I know Coach (Cam) Cameron and Coach (Les) Miles. I’m looking forward to meeting them and talking football and seeing the facilities.”
Lee, a Jesuit High product, currently does not hold an offer from LSU. Lee just completed his redshirt sophomore season, and he must sit out 2016, as part of NCAA transfer rules, if he were to attend another FBS school. That would leave him with one season of eligibility – 2017.
The NCAA restricts players to play their four seasons in a five-year window. Lee redshirted as a freshman in 2013.
Lee is petitioning the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility through a waiver process, he said. If granted, he’d be eligible in 2018 as well.
“It’s a long process,” Lee said of the waiver. “We’ve been going at it hard.”
Lee missed five games because of various injuries during his two years as starter, including a painful broken finger on his throwing hand. He tried to play through the pain at the end of the season last year before missing the finale.
Tulane went 3-9 in both of Lee’s seasons as a starter. Head coach Willie Fritz and his run-heavy attack replaced the fired Curtis Johnson after this past season.
Lee joins a list of more than a dozen players visiting LSU this weekend, including four highly touted uncommitted prospects.
Lee graduated from Jesuit in 2013 as a three-star prospect and the No. 55 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to 247Sports.com.
LSU is on the hunt for a quarterback for the 2016 class after highly rated QB Feleipe Franks dropped his 18-month commitment to the Tigers and signed with Florida in December, enrolling early with the Gators. The Tigers do not have a QB committed in a class that currently ranked No. 1 nationally, and coach Les Miles has insisted LSU would like to sign a quarterback in the group.
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