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Things aren’t going well in Baton Rouge right now. On Saturday, LSU fell to Troy (yes, Troy) at home in embarrassing fashion and that was worsened by the fact that the athletic department paid the visitors nearly $1 million for the trouble.

On the field, the Tigers are truly scuffling (including a 30-point loss to Mississippi State earlier in the season) and Ed Orgeron faces a tall task ahead. Now, LSU has begun to see collateral damage on the recruiting trail as well, with four-star defensive back commit Kelvin Joseph walking back from his pledge to attend school in Baton Rouge.

It is worth noting that Joseph declared in his Twitter announcement that LSU was “still (his) number 1 option” but this remains a big blow for the program. There had been some buzz that Joseph, who has been committed to LSU since February 2016, could be looking to take official visits and may not be as firm of a commitment as LSU would like. Still, this kind of public declaration is an entirely different level and the timing is certainly conspicuous.

LSU isn’t exactly seeing a mass exodus right now but, if things don’t improve in rapid fashion, Joseph may not be the last recruit fleeing from his previous intentions.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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