Sep 26, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Arik Gilbert (2) is tacled by Mississippi State Bulldogs safety Fred Peters (38) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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LSU tight end Gilbert to transfer

LSU tight end Arik Gilbert, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2020, said Saturday he will transfer from the school.

He made the announcement on Twitter, then deleted it.

His potential departure from Baton Rouge has been rumored over the past few weeks, with Gilbert, who is from Georgia, reportedly homesick.

Gilbert was the No. 1 tight end and the No. 5 player overall in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports composite. In July, he was named the 2020 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year.

For the Tigers, Gilbert had 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns. On Dec. 9, he opted out of the rest of the season, missing games against Florida and Ole Miss.

“He said his body was hurt and there were some things he had to take care of,” coach Ed Orgeron said last month. “Do I think we have a chance at getting him back next season? Yeah.”

As a high school player in Marietta, Ga., the 6-foot-5 Gilbert had scholarship offers from many of the nation’s top programs, including Alabama and Georgia.

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