LSU lost offensive tackle George Brown, Jr., who announced that he is transferring, earlier in the day on Tuesday while the program has now officially lost a former three-star commit in wide receiver Da’Monte Coxie as well. The wide out will enroll at Memphis instead, according to Jimmy Smith of NOLA.com.
Coxie was a longtime hard commitment for LSU, but due to an academic situation, the 6-3, 185-pound receiver was a late qualifier. Because his high school prep classes carried over into the summer months, LSU was no longer an option for him despite him qualifying for college.
He actually will not be able to play at Memphis initially either, as he will be an academic redshirt this year. However, he has passed all his summer courses and is on pace to play next year.
“I am feeling a sense of relief,” Coxie said. “I’m ready to ball and that is about it.”
Multiple programs, including Alabama, expressed interest in Coxie throughout the 2016 recruitment process, but Memphis extended him an offer.
Coxie was ranked a three-star receiver and the No. 27 overall player from Louisiana, according to 247Sports. He will no longer get to play college football in his home state, but Coxie did avoid going to junior college, which he considered an option as a result of his academic problems over the summer.
The New Orleans native was also ranked as the No. 94 wide receiver and No. 584 overall prospect for the 2016 national signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.