Nov 20, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers quarterback Max Johnson (14) passes the ball against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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LSU QB Max Johnson to enter transfer portal

In addition to its new coach, LSU apparently will have a new quarterback when next season begins.

Tigers quarterback Max Johnson announced his plans to enter the transfer portal Tuesday. Joining the sophomore signal-caller in moving on from a commitment to LSU will be his younger brother Jake Johnson, the top-ranked tight end in the Class of 2022.

Tuesday’s news is a gut punch for Brian Kelly, who recently agreed to a 10-year, $95 million deal to become the Tigers’ next head coach.

Max Johnson threw for 2,815 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions this season, helping LSU to a 6-6 record and a berth in the Texas Bowl against Kansas State on Jan. 4.

He tweeted Tuesday: “LSU, Thank you for allowing me to pursue my academic and athletic career here. I have made strong relationships that will last a lifetime with coaches, staff and especially my teammates! With careful and prayerful consideration, I am entering the transfer portal.”

Jake Johnson, a four-star recruit, announced Tuesday that he will reopen his recruitment, tweeting: “With much prayer and thoughtful consideration, I am de-committing from LSU. I am opening up my recruitment! I plan on early enrollment”

Max and Jake are the sons of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, a Super Bowl winner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2002 season.

Freshman quarterback Garrett Nussmeier likely will start for LSU in the Texas Bowl against Kansas State, though he would have to burn his redshirt season in order to take the field against the Wildcats. Nussmeier has seen action in four games this year, throwing for 329 yards with two TDs and two INTs.

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