The Big Blue Wall just got a whole lot bigger. Dare Rosenthal, LSU’s starting left tackle in 2020, will transfer to the University of Kentucky.
— rudeE..? (@drosenthal51) July 8, 2021
A four-star recruit in 2018, Rosenthal and Kelvin Joseph were in the same LSU signing class. Recruited to play defensive tackle in Baton Rouge, he flipped to the other side of the line of scrimmage as a redshirt freshman. During the Tigers’ 2019 National Championship run Rosenthal played in five games, starting in three at left guard in place of Saahdiq Charles, who is currently Jamin Davis’ Washington Football Teammate.
Rosenthal began the 2020 season as LSU’s starting left tackle. He was not immune to culture problems that have plagued Ed Orgeron’s program since the historic undefeated season. Rosenthal left the team during 2020 spring practice. Upon his return he was suspended, then later reinstated to start five games for the Tigers.
“He had some personal situations that he had to take care of,” Orgeron told ESPN Baton Rouge shortly after Rosenthal entered the portal. “It was a hard decision, but we wish him the best. We’re going to miss him.”
Rosenthal’s talent on the field is undeniable. A 6-foot-7, 330-pound athlete, PFF graded out his his debut season as a starter at 72.4, the 8th-best among SEC offensive tackles, one spot behind Landon Young. Dare is expected to hear his name called in the 2022 NFL Draft, as high as the first round if all goes according to plan in Lexington.
Some may question why UK is taking Rosenthal, considering his past off the field issues in Baton Rouge. Unlike LSU, Kentucky has established a culture that does not tolerate transfers who are unwilling to buy in and put in the work (see: Marcelys Jones, Xavier Peters, etc.). By providing a clean slate to Dare, the Big Blue Wall receives an immediate injection of talent, setting Liam Coen’s new offense up for success this fall.
Prior to Rosenthal’s addition, Cole Cubelic called Kentucky’s offensive line the best in the SEC. What’s better than the best?