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Report: LSU Signs Harvard Offensive Lineman Liam Shanahan as Grad Transfer

With Shanahan on board, Tigers offensive line adds needed depth, grows bigger, stronger

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said multiple times this offseason that LSU would be aggressive in the graduate transfer market. A few weeks back, the program signed North Dakota State's Jabril Cox to sure up the linebacker position.

On Tuesday, Harvard graduate transfer Liam Shanahan signed with the Tigers to bolster its offensive line. At 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, Shanahan was an All-Ivy league first team talent and started 30 straight games while a member of the Harvard offensive line.

In his final two seasons at Harvard, Shanahan started nine games at right guard and 11 games at right tackle, showing some versatility to play both inside and out. The news was first reported by Brody Miller of the Athletic.

Shanahan will count as a member of the 2020 recruiting class and should at the very least, provide the Tigers with an additional body to compete for playing time. LSU's 2020 class now stands at 24 players total, leaving space for one more graduate transfer should 

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The offensive line is undergoing a nearly complete overhaul after losing four starters from its national championship team. Right tackle Austin Deculus is currently the only returning starter for the Tigers in 2020 but Ed Ingram, Chasen Hines, Dare Rosenthal and Kardell Thomas are among the candidates that will challenge for the remaining spots. 

The Tigers are also bringing in four-star tackle Marcus Dumervil as well as a pair of three-star prospects in Xavier Hill and Marlon Martinez.

"We are going to look at it," Orgeron said on National Signing Day back in February. "Obviously, we are always looking for offensive linemen. If there is a center position out there available, we would look at it. Maybe a linebacker, it all depends on what (Bo Pelini) thinks about the guys we have. We may need one, we may not. And, obviously, best player available."