Former Oregon State defensive back Cyril Noland-Lewis, who recently announced he was transferring, has returned to his home state and will play at Louisiana Tech. He is a graduate transfer so he’s eligible to play for the Bulldogs this season.
According to multiple reports, former Oregon State DB Cyril Noland-Lewis is transferring to Louisiana Tech https://t.co/SbJ3fWG1Wp
— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) August 24, 2016
Noland-Lewis joins Louisiana Tech midway through preseason practices but he is expected to make a contribution as a reserve. During his time at Oregon State, he was a versatile performer, playing cornerback, safety and linebacker. He started 10 games last season for the Beavers and was expected to compete for a starting cornerback job this season.
Noland-Lewis is returning to his hometown. He graduated from Ruston High School and as a senior helped his team reach the Louisiana state quarterfinals.
Louisiana Tech has added eight transfers in the last year. Last August, wide receiver Alfred Smith joined the Bulldogs from Utah. He was followed by cornerback Jarrell Jackson (Hawaii), cornerback Ronald Lewis (Arizona), wide receiver Teddy Veal (Tulane), linebacker Dalton Santos (Texas), linebacker Jordan Harris (Iowa State) and cornerback Prince Sam (Houston Baptist).
Noland-Lewis is the fourth graduate transfer who has been added to the Louisiana Tech defense. The Bulldogs previously added Santos, Harris and Sam. The addition of players who are immediately eligible should help a Louisiana Tech defense that that lost a total of six starters from the linebackers corps and in the secondary.