LSU tight end Jamal Pettigrew has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to AL.com.
The 6-foot-7, 254-pound senior entered the Tigers football program as a four-star prospect out of St. Augustine High in New Orleans, and, after four years in Baton Rouge, which included sitting out 2018 with an ACL tear, Pettigrew is moving on.
Pettigrew recorded two catches for 17 yards in his LSU career.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron told the Baton Rouge Rotary Club Wednesday that the Tigers are “better at tight end than we’ve been in a long time.”
Five-star true freshman Arik Gilbert is expected to see plenty of playing time this season. The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Georgia, native was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2019, when he led Marietta High to the 7A state championship.
“Tremendous talent,” Orgeron said of Gilbert Wednesday. “We’re going to play him at tight end, wide receiver. You’re going to be excited to see him play.”
Pettigrew would also have been fighting for playing time against three other players: Tory Carter, a former fullback who caught two passes for 15 yards last season; Kole Taylor, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound incoming freshman from Colorado; and Nick Storz, who transitioned to football after spending two seasons as a pitcher on the LSU baseball team.