Replacing Kevin Minter at LSU a 2-Year Process for Tigers

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LSU lost a ton on defense this season, and will have to replace their entire defensive line that may have three first-round picks in the NFL draft. The biggest name they’ll have to replace is middle linebacker, Kevin Minter.

Tiger’s defensive coordinator John Chavis is familiar with having to reload his talented defenses, and will be able to roll out the next wave of future stars on the defensive line when spring practice gets underway. LSU has been “DBU” (defensive back university) and replaced All-Americans Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu in the last three years, so having to replace Reid won’t stop LSU from being a secondary once again.

However, replacing the leadership void left by Minter, who may be the first inside linebacker taken in April’s draft, will be the ultimate challenge and priority No. 1 for Chavis.

One player that eventually could replace the presence in the middle of the Tigers defense in the future is 5-star linebacker recruit Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Il. Plainfield North). who currently has LSU in his top four.

Garrett is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker that could play inside or outside in college, and would be a force in Chavis’ defensive system. He has the ability to cover so much ground in the run game, and is one of the more violent tacklers in high school football, which is a trait that will endear him to the fans of the school he ends up attending.

Spring practice will find the successor to Minter for 2014, but whoever claims that spot may just be keeping the seat warm for Garrett if Les Miles is able to land his commitment, which is at least a 25 percent chance.

Patrick is a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your network on Google.

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