Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow have added yet another proven piece to their football program.
Many transfer battles have gone the Kentucky Wildcats’ way in recent years, especially this offseason. That continued today as former LSU Tigers starting left tackle Dare Rosenthal committed to the Wildcats.
KSR’s Matt Jones broke the news first.
BREAKING: Former LSU OL Dare Rosenthal will be attending Kentucky this fall. He will be enrolled in the school this fall— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 8, 2021
Sorry, back to vacation
Rosenthal was originally a four-star high school recruit out of Ferriday High School (LA) in 2018. He is the second former LSU Tiger in the last three years to join Kentucky via the transfer portal, joining cornerback Kelvin Joseph, who led the Wildcats in interceptions in 2020, then was drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
During LSU’s national championship season of 2019, Rosenthal played in five games and made three starts at left guard, including in a conference win over Mississippi State.
At one point, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron described Rosenthal as having the potential to be a first-round NFL draft choice.
“He had some personal situations that he had to take care of. It was a hard decision, but we wish him the best. We’re going to miss him,” Orgeron said when asked about Rosenthal’s decision to transfer in late June.
Rosenthal joins a long list of transfers added by Kentucky for the 2021 season and beyond, joining Nebraska wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, Michigan State linebacker Luke Fulton, Penn State quarterback Will Levis and Ole Miss linebacker Jacquez Jones.
Kentucky is set at left tackle with projected 2022 first-round draft pick Darian Kinnard returning for his senior season, but they could look to have Rosenthal compete with Naasir Watkins and Jeremy Flax at right tackle to replace now New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Landon Young, or potentially move him back to left guard where he has made three career starts and compete with Kenneth Horsey.
Whatever happens, there’s no question the Big Blue Wall should remain among the best in America this coming season.
Check out some highlights of Rosenthal (#51 at left tackle) against Mississippi State from this past season.