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Will LSU transfer Mannie Netherly follow Kelvin Joseph to Lexington?

Photo: Julie Bennett, USA Today Sports

Photo: Julie Bennett, USA Today Sports

While many of you were asleep last night, the Kentucky football program secured a signature from LSU cornerback transfer and former top-50 recruit Kelvin Joseph. And it goes without saying, but for a position of need moving forward, the significance of this decision cannot be stressed enough.

But what if we told you Kentucky might not be done adding talented transfers to the roster?

After the signing went public last night, Joseph took to Twitter to let one of his former LSU teammates and fellow transfer portal members that he is wanted in Lexington.

“Y’all let bro know what the vibe is,” Joseph said of LSU cornerback transfer Mannie Netherly, who signed with the program back in 2017.

When Netherly congratulated Joseph on his decision to transfer to Kentucky, the newest Wildcat responded by saying he would be “calling [him] soon.”

With one talented LSU defensive back already signed and on campus, what do we need to know about Netherly and his potential addition to the Kentucky secondary?

A 6-foot-3 cornerback out of Crosby, TX, Netherly originally signed with LSU as a wide receiver in 2017 over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, and Michigan State, among others.

As a receiver, Netherly was ranked as high as No. 187 in the ESPN300 and was rated as the No. 251 prospect in the nation in the 247Sports Composite. ESPN’s original player evaluation highlighted the prospect’s elite top-end speed, length, and body control.

“A loose and lanky, high cut athlete with good height and long arms,” the evaluation read. “Is still growing into his body and developing coordination as a route runner. His speed is very intriguing — isn’t necessary a quick twitch guy, but climbs the ladder and is a smooth long strider. When he tops out on a straight-line he will impress you with his ability to win footraces.”

In February of 2018, LSU decided to move Netherly to cornerback to address some depth concerns at the position. In his first year in the secondary, the former four-star talent played in 11 games last season, where he managed three total tackles.

After seeing limited time this past season and struggling to work his way up the depth chart this spring, the Crosby, TX native briefly spent time in the transfer portal before pulling his name out and returning to practice. At the conclusion of fall camp, however, Netherly announced on Twitter he would be officially putting his name back in the transfer portal, where he is expected to keep it there.

So what’s next for the versatile LSU defensive back?

According to Shawn Smith of Go Big Blue Country, a trip to Lexington is in the works, and it is expected to happen “very soon.”

Looking at Netherly’s high school highlight tape, the former four-star prospect made plays at receiver, under center at quarterback, returning kicks, and just about every other way you can with the ball in your hands.

Mark Stoops is a huge fan of incorporating length and height in his secondary, but after watching his film, he’d almost have to consider giving the former four-star prospect a chance to make plays at a skill position.

With elite young talent already lined throughout the front seven, adding not one, but two players with superstar potential in the secondary could create a force to be reckoned with in the Kentucky defense for several years to come. And if the UK coaching staff opts to keep Joseph in the secondary while allowing Netherly to revert back to his natural position at receiver, it’d certainly alleviate some of the immediate pressure the (likely) departure of Lynn Bowden would cause at the conclusion of the season.

In either scenario, Kentucky would come out on top in a major way.

Like we saw with Joseph, Netherly still has to make it on campus and the coaching staff still has to secure his signature, but things are certainly looking up for Kentucky to land two high-profile transfers from one of the nation’s elite.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

24 Comments for Will LSU transfer Mannie Netherly follow Kelvin Joseph to Lexington?

  1. JASUN74
    2:53 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Come on Down and keep this train rolling.

    • Ridge Runner
      5:15 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink


  2. lex cath
    3:07 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky getting two DB’s from LSU ? The world is ending soon

  3. cats646
    3:10 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Man I hope we can get this one too!!

  4. ClutchCargo
    3:14 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t help but think getting this level of transfers in has to be good for recruiting. Not to mention, these two fill a couple of positions of need next year.

  5. J-Dub421
    3:26 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Did we slip into the Twilight Zone? I never thought I would see a day when Kentucky would steal a football player (and maybe 2 of them) from LSU.

    • RAGE
      4:26 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t think we are really stealing them from LSU… The first one sounds like wasn’t happy with Coach O and in this case he can’t find the field the amount that he wants and is looking for a chance to play… I am super excited to possibly get both players but I don’t think we are stealing them…

  6. ukkatzfan
    3:38 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Not looking good for Cookie Monster.

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:47 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Put him at reciever, do you know how hard it is to guard a 6’3 dude with speed. If you don’t have a db with the same measurements, you’re forced to put a short fast db on him who’ll he’ll just go over or a taller db who will potential get out ran. Ofcourse this is the SEC.

    • notFromhere
      6:06 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      And the kid uses his hands and body position well, acrobatic even at full speed, and as well as adjusts to the ball, you have to put the guy at WR. He can ALSO run the RPO, so a combo of Terry, him, and either LBowden (if he stays another year) or AGilmore would be nuts. Who do you key on?

      Really like to see this guy in blue and white asap.

      … YES, stealing a player from elsewhere in the SEC is what it is. We weren’t the only SEC schools wanting them to transfer in.

    • UoKFB PHAN
      9:42 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. You kinda have to wonder why he didn’t make it as a receiver at LSU. If he comes, I hope Stoops gives him a try there first before moving him to defensive side of the ball. Who knows, that might even be a selling point for Stoops.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:12 am August 28, 2019 Permalink

      Apparently they had to many receivers and not enough good dbs and he had the skills to move there.

  8. krautdog
    4:44 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    HEY NOW – this is gettin’ Goood! GO CATS!!!

  9. satcheluk
    4:56 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Geaux Cats!

    • SuperTroy18
      5:45 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      Nice! Haha!

  10. Mboro-kyfan
    5:30 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry for wrong topic but cant find any answers, could someone please help me with a lil advice with the blue madness tickets, nevr have experienced and would appreciate any advice and help with the process for getting tickets.

    • Bobbum Man
      6:03 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink


    • UoKFB PHAN
      9:35 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

      Blue what???? Is that a bowl game in Florida or something???

  11. notFromhere
    6:08 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Would love to have this guy running routes for Wilson! Stoked

  12. stevemotley
    6:21 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Bring him in and give him a shot at receiver. Very intriguing future with Tae Tae Crums and this young man on the outside.

  13. gasman01
    9:20 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Why are these guys leaving LSU??

  14. imabucket
    11:02 pm August 27, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah I’m with you on this one Jack . I think this dude needs to go back to playing WR . To be 6”3 and still be able to to be agile and as fast as he is is crazy . He could defenitly stretch the field for us and put him with the other young tall WIde receivers we have and you looking at a position of strength in the future . I’m already excited about the future of this position but this guy just puts icing on the cake. After Lynn leaves we can have Khalil branham take his spot or jutahn McLain if we get Michael drennon ll (at rb) to go along with tae tae Crumes,Bryce Oliver , Allen daily , Demarcus Harris , earnest sanders, Jordan Watkins , and izayah Cummings. And hopefully clevan Thomas lives up to his potential . And that’s just the young talent at the position . The future is bright at WR and KENTUCKY FOOTBALL!!!

  15. MontyCats
    2:07 am August 28, 2019 Permalink

    I think Stoops has a shot of becoming the elite defensive recruiter of the SEC. The spot that Les Miles held forever. Saban eats first and GA recruits offensive at an elite level but I think Stoops could slide in there and be that defensive coach that everyone wants to play for.

    • AreJ
      8:00 am August 28, 2019 Permalink

      I completely agree, with the way Stoops and Co find and develop and just the overall swagger they bring we can do this at a high level. Remember it was his FSU defense that won a championship and was called one of the nations best that built so much of Jeremy Pruitts resume. You look at the number of pros they had and start looking at the quality of player he’s recruiting at UK and you have a reason to be excited. I like my team and my program!