LSU WR Trey Quinn announces transfer, wishes to remain at FBS level; Kevin Spears also plans to leave team

Trey Quinn at LSU media day last year. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Trey Quinn at LSU media day last year. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Two more receivers are leaving LSU.

Trey Quinn, the highly recruited receiver out of Barbe, is transferring, he announced in a post on his Twitter account. Kevin Spears, a rising redshirt junior, has been given his release to transfer as well, the school confirmed.

Trey Quinn posted this to Twitter.

Trey Quinn posted this to Twitter.

Quinn, a rising junior used little as a sophomore last season, finished his career with 22 catches for 276 yards. LSU lost receiver John Diarse last month. Diarse transferred to TCU

Quinn will remain at LSU for the spring semester and then will transfer, a family source told The Advocate.

Quinn plans to remain in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the source said. He will sit out a year, according to NCAA rules.

LSU released Quinn to speak with other schools on Monday, but the program barred him from transferring to a Southeastern Conference team, the source said.

Quinn, as a junior and senior at Barbe, attended a camp at Clemson and visited Texas – potential landing spots outside of the SEC.

The family source described the decision as “very emotional” and said there are no hard feeling to LSU’s staff.

“There’s no bitterness to coach Miles and the entire staff,” the source said. “It was not the ending that either side wanted.”.

Ranked as a top-10 receiver nationally in the 2014 class, Quinn began his rookie season as a starter for the Tigers, mostly at the slot receiver position and primarily as a run-blocker. He lost that job after a nightmarish game in an overtime loss to Alabama.

Quinn dropped two third-down passes late in that game that would have picked up first downs. He played sparingly at receiver the rest of the season and began his sophomore year as a reserve before  the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29.

Quinn, a 6-foot, 197-pounder, caught a 46-yard pass from Brandon Harris in the Tigers’ rout over the Red Raiders. It was the longest catch of his career. Diarse had four catches for 45 yards in that bowl game as he and Quinn slid up the receiver pecking order with Travin Dural out with injury.

Spears, a former four-star rated receiver out of Holy Cross in New Orleans, never caught a pass in three seasons at LSU. He played in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and nine games last season.

The Tigers hired a new receivers coach just two days ago, swiping Dameyune Craig from Auburn.  Despite the departure of Quinn and Diarse, LSU has a host of receivers returning and entering the program, including junior Malachi Dupre, Dural, a senior, sophomore Tyron Johnson and junior D.J. Chark, a speedster who scored on an end-around in the bowl game.

The Tigers signed three receivers in their composite No. 3-ranked signing class, including mid-year enrollees Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson and IMG Academy star Drake Davis.

LSU quarterbacks tweeted messages about Quinn after his announcement.

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