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Canadian defensive back Deane Leonard chooses Ole Miss over LSU, will transfer with immediate eligibility

First-year head coach Lane Kiffin and his revamped staff have been hard at work this offseason, looking to support a defense that finished 120th in passing yards allowed and 85th overall in 2019. Senior starters cornerback Myles Hartsfield and free safety Jalen Julius are headed to the NFL and there is a lack of depth in the secondary.

Co-defensive coordinators Chris Partridge and D.J. Durkin have already landed commitments from cornerback Kyndrich Breedlove, cornerback Demarko Williams and safety Elijah Sabbatini, but they will not be on campus until 2021— keeping the door open for immediate help.