LSU’s Sage Ryan and Fitzgerald West have reportedly entered their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.
The former Lafayette Christian Academy stars and LSU lettermen entered the portal back-to-back days, with Ryan entering his name on Friday morning a day after West did. The former Knight stars were the eighth and ninth Tigers to enter the portal in the past few weeks.
Ryan is coming off a season in which he recorded 35 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and three pass breakups, as he started in a career-best nine games. In three seasons playing for the Tigers, Ryan appeared in 30 games (12 starts) and recorded 64 tackles (37 solo), and 6 pass breakups.
The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Ryan will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Ryan was one of the area’s most heralded prospects in modern Acadiana-area history.
Ryan — who started on both sides of the football — helped lead the LCA Knights to a 48-3 overall record and four straight state titles (two in Division II and two more in Division III) in four years.
During his senior season in 2020, Ryan rushed for 576 yards and 13 TDs on 57 carries, while hauling in 18 passes for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns, and returned three punts for scores 2020.
Ryan would earn LSWA Class 2A All-State honors as both athlete and kick returner, was the Class 2A Offensive MVP, and was selected as the LSWA Mr. Football.
Ryan was also named to the Sports Illustrated All-America team and also earned a spot in the All-American Bowl.
Ryan was rated a five-star defensive back by both 247 Sports and Rivals, while earning four-star honors from ESPN.
Ryan is the nephew of former LSU star linebacker Trev Faulk and cousin to LSU legendary running back Kevin Faulk.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound West saw limited action in two seasons in Baton Rouge, appearing in seven games with no starts, and recording three tackles.
West played on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2022 before switching to the defensive line this past season. West appeared in two games against Grambling and Army.
West was ranked as a three-star prospect by both 247Sports and Rivals, after serving as a four-year starter at Lafayette Christian Academy. West will have three years of eligibility remaining.