LSU Tigers 5 Impact Freshmen
Once again, head coach Les Miles and the LSU Tigers have brought in a top-notch recruiting class that ranks among the best in the SEC and in the nation. As usual, the Tigers had their pick of just about any player in the state of Louisiana, as Miles continued to build a fence around his home state as well as anyone else in college football.
Two of the top recruits in LSU’s class are quarterbacks Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings, who are both four-star recruits that will help make up for the Tigers losing out on top-rated quarterback Gunner Kiel at the last minute a year ago. Neither of the two quarterbacks figures to make an immediate impact, but they should both be in the mix starting next year following the departure of incumbent Zach Mettenberger.
It may not be at the quarterback position, but the Tigers will need plenty of their incoming freshmen to step on the field right away and contribute to the team. Specifically, one area of need will be along the defensive line, where the Tigers have heavy losses from last year, including several players that declared early for the NFL Draft. As a result, 10 of the 25 players the Tigers signed in this class are either defensive linemen or linebackers that will get a chance to play right away and help out LSU’s pass rush.
Of course, with so many talented players in this class, the Tigers can expect to get contributions from any number of true freshmen. Here’s a sneak peak at five true freshmen that LSU can expect to see an immediate impact from.
Jeryl Brazil, ATH
They say in the SEC speed kills, and Brazil definitely has plenty of speed. In addition to being a football player, Brazil is a high-level track athlete with world-class speed that could run toe-to-toe with the fastest players in college football. Brazil could utilize his speed at either cornerback or wide receiver for LSU next fall, but he’s also going to get a chance to play special teams, where he could potentially be a playmaker in the return game with his speed.
Tre'Davious White, CB
White exploded as a recruit the summer before his senior season, going from an inconsequential three-star recruit to one of the top rated cornerbacks in the country. He is an exceptional athlete and an incredibly smart young man both on and off the field. White is also a close friend and God-brother of former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. If White turns out to be anything like Claiborne, the Tigers will have a great player on their hands, one who’s capable of competing for a starting spot right away.
Frank Herron, DE
With several vacancies at the defensive end position, Herron is one of the guys that will get an opportunity to play right away. He was the best high school player in the city of Memphis last year and one of the top defensive ends in the country. Herron has the size, speed and athleticism to be the next great LSU pass rusher, very much in the same mold of Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo.
Desean Smith, TE
With the loss of Chase Clement to graduation, there is a big hole at tight end for the Tigers, and so Smith is going to get a chance to step in right away and play. Smith may not be big enough or strong enough yet to block in college at the tight end position, but he has the skills to be a useful receiver, whether he lines up next to the tackle or is split out wide. If the Tigers are looking to pass the ball more this year, then Smith will definitely be a part of their plans.
Kendell Beckwith, OLB
Beckwith was one of the most sought after prospects in the state of Louisiana last year, and he has the skills to get on the field right away. LSU could put him at any number of positions, but it appears as if he’ll start out his college career as an outside linebacker. However, Beckwith has the size and athleticism of a linebacker-defensive end hybrid, and so he’ll definitely get a chance to get on the field and contribute to the Tiger’s pass rush, an area of need for LSU heading into next season.