Former LSU quarterback Justin McMillian announced his intentions to transfer to Tulane effective immediately. (Photo courtesy The Advocate)
Former Tiger, Justin McMillian, transfers to Tulane
NEW ORLEANS -- Although not officially confirmed by the Tulane University, former LSU Tiger Justin McMillian has announced that he will be transferring to Tulane effective immediately.
McMillian, who was one of four quarterbacks vying for the starting job at LSU, decided to transfer a few weeks back. The four-year graduate will still have two years of eligibility left.
As a condition of his release from LSU, McMillan was barred from transferring to another SEC school or any team the Tigers were playing in the next two years.
Tulane had a gaping need at quarterback behind senior starter Jonathan Banks after his top three backups—Johnathan Brantley, Khalil McClain and Glen Cuiellette—all transferred at the end of 2017.
Redshirt freshman Dane Ledford, who moved to wide receiver early last year before returning to quarterback at the beginning of spring drills, has been competing with true freshman Christian Daniels for the No. 2 spot in preseason camp.
McMillian will fit in well for Green Wave head coach Willie Fritz and his staff. Fritz runs a system that allows dual-threat quarterbacks to thrive.
Unable to comment on McMillan until he was officially enrolled in school, Fritz lauded the value of Division I transfers in general earlier this week.
“They bring a level of experience that you don’t get very often,” he said. “Sometimes high school guys come in and they are able to compete at a high level quickly, but most of the time the transfer guys have been there and done that before and understand Division I football.”
McMillan will be insurance for Banks this year and will compete with Ledford, Daniels and Southern Miss transfer Keon Howard for the starting role next season. Howard has to sit out 2018 as per NCAA transfer rules.
Tulane was off Friday but was scheduled to return to the practice field on Saturday afternoon to begin game-week preparations for Thursday night’s season opener against Wake Forest at Yulman Stadium.
Tulane pursued former LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott for its February signing class, but he chose Missouri after playing a year at E. Mississippi Community College.