Brian Kelly surprised the college football world when he decided to take his coaching talents to Baton Rouge from South Bend in December.
Kelly was at Notre Dame for 12 seasons, which was the longest tenure of any Fighting Irish head coach, and enjoyed plenty of success during his time. But the lure of winning a national championship at LSU appeared to be too much as the Tigers play in the SEC and enjoy more football-based resources.
Despite the recent coaching change, LSU had the 12th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. What also helped the Tigers in Kelly's transition was that several players transferred, which should help bolster the roster immediately.
Here are five newcomers to the LSU program worth keeping an eye on.
Miles Frazier, OT
After having more than 30 offers, Frazier transferred to LSU over Ohio State and Florida State. The former FIU offensive tackle started in 2021 and earned All-Conference USA honors from Pro Football Focus.
Frazier will have three years of eligibility remaining. Immediately, he will help fortify an offensive line that was in need of rebuilding. The Tigers lost three starters from last year's group, so adding someone as talented as Frazier was a significant step in the right direction.
Greg Brooks Jr., CB
Brooks is another transfer who could significantly impact the Tigers in 2022. Last season for Arkansas, Brooks played in 13 games as he recorded 47 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and an interception.
Brooks appeared in 33 games over three seasons during his time with the Razorbacks. He racked up 111 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, eight passes defended, two forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown over that span.
LSU needs to replace four cornerbacks after Derek Stingley Jr., Eli Ricks, Cordale Flott, and Dwight McGlothern all departed.
Mekhi Wingo, DL
Unlike Brooks and Frazier, Wingo doesn't fill an immediate need for LSU. However, teaming with Maason Smith and Jaquelin Roy coming back, Wingo will significantly impact the Tigers' defensive line.
At Missouri last season, Wingo pressured quarterbacks 14 times, according to Pro Football Focus. He also recorded 27 tackles, one sack, and an interception. Pairing Wingo with LSU's returning defenders will give the team a ton of defensive line depth.
Harold Perkins, LB
Perkins is the highest-rated recruit in LSU's 2022 class. He was the No. 5 overall recruit, No. 1 linebacker, and No. 1 player from Texas according to 247Sports.
Perkins will be a great addition to the Tigers and should receive playing time immediately. He will join Micah Baskerville, Mike Jones Jr., Greg Penn III, and Josh White at the linebacker position.
Will Campbell, OT
Usually, tackles don't take a lot of snaps as freshmen. However, Campbell could be a rare exception to this rule.
A 4-star recruit out of Neville High in Monroe, Louisiana, Campbell was the No. 4 player at the tackle position and No. 36 overall, according to 247Sports. He will join a position group that has struggled the past few seasons.
If the unit struggles again, Campbell will likely see the field. While LSU has some players before him, don't be surprised if Campbell figures into the team's plan in 2022.
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— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, Pro Player Insiders and is a reporter for Sports Talk Florida. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.