LSU freshman quarterback Walker Howard is leaving Baton Rouge and transferring to SEC rival Ole Miss.
Howard was a four-star recruit out of St. Thomas More (Louisiana) and the No. 40 overall recruit in his class on the 247Sports composite.
At LSU, Howard completed 2 of 4 passes for 7 yards and retained redshirt status. He rushed six times for 33 yards.
Rebels coach Lane Kiffin brought in USC Trojan transfer Jaxson Dart before the 2022 season. Jaxson Dart threw for 2,974 yards had 20 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions this past season and will have to fight Howard and Oklahoma State transfer Spencer Sanders in the spring and preseason to keep his job.
Ole Miss backup quarterback Luke Altmyer, a former four-star recruit, saw the handwriting on the wall and entered the portal. He transferred to Illinois.
This all means Dart has some decisions to make. Does he want to battle Spencer Sanders for the QB1 spot or transfer to another school where he will not have to scratch and claw for a starting job? Sanders has just one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, which is less than Dart. Presumably, Sanders has the inside track to QB1, in which case it would seem obvious that Dart should seek other opportunities elsewhere.