Arden Key cleared to report to LSU in fall

LSU signee Arden Key received his clearance from the NCAA and will report to campus in time for fall camp.

Four-star signee Arden Key has been cleared by the NCAA and will report to LSU in time for fall camp, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette told The Advocate on Wednesday.

Key's arrival at LSU was delayed by a minor transcript issue flagged by the NCAA. That got cleared after further review, but not in time for Key to enroll for summer school with the rest of the class. He'll report in August before fall camp starts on Aug. 6.

Key was one of the Tigers' top defensive signees in LSU's 2015 class. LSU beat South Carolina, where he was committed throughout most of his recruitment, when he announced his final decision shortly before Signing Day. New defensive line coach Ed Orgeron played a large part in locking down his signature after replacing Brick Haley, who had previously been Key's lead recruiter.

Key missed valuable time with the team this summer, but he's still expected to compete for playing time at defensive end and could also play outside linebacker should LSU transition more to a 3-4 scheme.

LSU's still waiting on the arrival of two other signees from the 2015 class. Neither offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke nor junior college defensive back Jeremy Cutrer have been cleared to report yet.

Another signee, wide receiver Brandon Martin, has already enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The other 21 members of the 2015 class arrived earlier this month and are going through strength and conditioning workouts with Tommy Moffitt.

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