Rivers’ transfer to Vanderbilt made official

Former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers has transferred to Vanderbilt, the school announced Wednesday.

Rivers, a 6-foot-7 Alabama native who will have two years of eligibility remaining, announced his transfer from LSU in February. He completed his course work and graduated in May, allowing him to play immediately next season at another Division I school.

The Southeastern Conference granted him a waiver Tuesday to transfer within the league. The Advocate reported two months ago that Rivers had visited Vanderbilt.

Rivers, the brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, was surpassed last fall by freshman Anthony Jennings as LSU’s No. 2 quarterback behind starter Zach Mettenberger.

Freshman Brandon Harris, a four-star prospect rated as the nation’s No. 3 dual threat quarterback by 24/7 Sports, enrolled in January. Rivers would have likely entered spring practice trailing both quarterbacks.

Harris and Jennings are expected to compete in fall camp for the starting quarterback job.

Rivers’ father, Steve, told the Advocate in February that his son was leaving because LSU’s offense was “going in a different direction.” Jennings and Harris are speedy, versatile QBs. Stephen Rivers is a pocket passer. Hayden Rettig, the No. 3 quarterback exiting LSU spring practice, announced his transfer last week.

Stephen Rivers is expected to compete for the starting job at Vanderbilt. Rivers played in four games during his LSU career and attempted two passes.

LSU and Vanderbilt are not scheduled to meet in the regular season until 2019.

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