The Kentucky Wildcats may have a new football transfer option emerging.
On Monday, it was revealed that LSU senior left tackle Dare Rosenthal was expected to enter the transfer portal. Tiger Details reporter Jimmy Smith broke the news first, adding that disciplinary issues are playing a big part in Rosenthal leaving LSU.
In addition, Cats Illustrated's Justin Rowland reports that Kentucky is expected to be a suitor for Rosenthal once he’s officially in the portal. 247 Sports’ Shea Dixon adds that Rosenthal is now in the portal and Baylor is expected to be a suitor as well.
The 6-7, 327-pound Rosenthal played in six games last season for LSU but missed time due to off-the-field issues. He played in seven games during the 2019 season, primarily as a backup for current NFL offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles. Rosenthal was a preseason All-SEC honorable mention pick at Pro Football Focus heading into the 2020 season.
Heading into the 2021 season, Kentucky’s offensive line is once again poised to be one of, if not the team’s biggest strength. However, there is a little uncertainty with both tackle spots changing starters, as well as a new starter at center.
Previous left tackle Landon Young is now in the NFL, while All-American right tackle Darian Kinnard will move to Young’s spot for next season.
Kentucky's OL brand is as strong as any CFB program in the country. This is not hyperbole.— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) June 28, 2021
At right tackle, there’s set to be competition between guys like Jeremy Flax, John Young, Jager Burton and Deandre Buford, all of whom have either played sparingly or not at all to this point in their careers.
So as you can imagine, getting a guy like Rosenthal, who’s projected to be a 2022 NFL Draft pick, would be a massive boost to the offensive line and would all but assure both tackle spots are locked down.
This could be a similar situation to Kelvin Joseph when he left LSU with some baggage and came to Kentucky before becoming a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft via the Dallas Cowboys.
To this point, Kentucky has already added several impact players via the transfer portal, including Ole Miss linebacker Jacquez Jones, Penn State QB Will Levis, Nebraska wide receiver/running back Wan’Dale Robinson, and Michigan State linebacker Luke Fulton.
With summer the calendar turning to July later this week, time is running out for schools to add transfers in time and get them acclimated for the start of training camp in early August.
For now, check out some highlights of Rosenthal (#51) at left tackle vs. Mississippi State this past season.