Tight End Logan Stokes Will Be X-Factor for LSU Tigers in 2013

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The LSU Tigers are looking to reload in 2013 and regain the supremacy in the vaunted SEC West. They have a tall task ahead of them, and they have brought in plenty of new blood to get them over the top. Their biggest move was hiring former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to call plays for the Bayou Tigers next season, but he’ll have to figure out which players will fit his system. Could that open the door for JUCO recruit Logan Stokes to make a splash next fall?

It’s no secret that Cameron loves a big, pass-catching tight end. Just ask Antonio Gates from his tenure with the San Diego Chargers or Dennis Pitta in Baltimore. Having a pass-catching option on the end of the line is a critical component to any Cameron offense. Having a sure set of hands that can stretch the seam and occupy the middle of the field can open up bigger plays for wide receivers down the field.

In Stokes, he for sure has the big body he wants. At 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, native is a physical presence at the end of the line. He’s athletic enough, however, to play all over during his time at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He lined up as a flexed out wide receiver, he lined up in the backfield as a fullback and went into motion as an H-back, giving him the versatility to fit the Cameron mold.

The only question, however, is how well he can catch. His JUCO experience came in an offense that emphasized the run and used Stokes as a lead blocker more often than not. Before that, he was a defensive player throughout his high school career. In all, he has very little pass-catching production to show over his career.

Despite all of that, the scouting report on Stokes raves about his ability to run and his good hands for a player his size. He’s got all the tools, according to scouts, to be an excellent pass-catching tight end. Cameron and head coach Les Miles hopes some of that potential comes through on the field next fall.

If Stokes can capitalize on his opportunity and live up to the potential LSU saw in him when they recruited him, he could be in for a monster breakout season. If he emerges as a legitimate pass-catching option for Zach Mettenberger, look for the LSU Tigers to light up the scoreboard in 2013.

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