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The Portal King is Back! Star LSU Transfer Quarterback Walker Howard Commits to Lane Kiffin and the Rebels

The Portal King is Back! Star LSU Transfer Quarterback Walker Howard Commits to Lane Kiffin and the Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. — While some might have felt Ole Miss was a little quiet thus far during this portal recruiting season, Lane Kiffin and the Rebels have come roaring back — and they are bringing a Tiger to Oxford as LSU-transfer quarterback Walker Howard announced his commitment Wednesday morning to play for the Rebels.

This is a huge pick-up for Ole Miss as Howard was a highly-coveted recruit and transfer player.

When the former four-star hit the portal, it was a no brainer Coach Kiffin would reach out, as he very much wanted the Lafayette native last season when the recruit decided to play, instead, for the Bayou Bengals where he had a family history.

Last weekend, however, Howard made a visit to Oxford and when it was all and said done, there were nothing but positive reports about the visit. 

Ole Miss had been vying with TCU for the talented QB, and he even visited the Horned Frogs after his trip to Oxford; however, his stop was much shorter in Fort Worth. 

Howard ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 5  quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound blue chipper is no stranger to making waves — especially when it comes to getting a championship. During his sophomore campaign at St.Thomas More, Howard helped his team finish 11-2 and earn a Louisiana DI championship. As a junior, he was able to lead his team to a perfect 10-0 season and another Louisiana DI title.

Howard has QB DNA in his blood as his father, Jamie, also played quarterback for LSU. 

During the 2022 season at LSU, behind Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier, Howard saw action in just two games completing 2-of-4 passes for 7 yards.

Howard arrives with four years of eligibility left after redshirting this past season in Baton Rouge. He brings much-needed depth to the Ole Miss quarterback room as Luke Altmyer has left for Illinois and Kinkead Dent is likely not returning after participating in Senior Day last season.

For all the latest from the recruiting trail, stay tuned to The Rebel Walk!

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.

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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.

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