Predicting the Top Recruits to Sign with LSU in 2014
The state of Louisiana is annually among the top producers of high school football talent, and this year’s crop of talent is as loaded as it has ever been. As a result of the talented Pelican State recruits this season, LSU will finish with the top recruiting class for the class of 2014 when signing day rolls around in February.
LSU has already laid the groundwork to finish at the top of the recruiting rankings and after LSU picked up a commitment from the nation’s top JUCO receiver D’haquille Williams Friday evening, the Tigers moved to the top spot in 247Sports rankings.
The superlatives surrounding Williams are sure to have Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron drooling with the playmaking ability he brings to Baton Rouge. The happiest person to hear about the commitment of Williams is Zach Mettenberger, who adds a third weapon to go along with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry.
Can’t oversell how big this D’haquille Williams commit is for #LSU. Best high school football player I’ve seen. Huge talent.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) May 11, 2013
What is even scarier to think about is that LSU is in position to land wide receivers Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La Edna Karr) and Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La. John Curtis), who rank No. 1 and No. 3, respectively in 247Sports.com’s wide receiver rankings.
As if those three are not enough to keep SEC defensive coordinators up at night, I am also predicting LSU to add four-star receivers Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La. Barbe) and Saeed Blacknail (Englishtown, N.J. Manalapan).
LSU has been a dominating defense for years, and the crop of defensive talent I am projecting to come to Death Valley will ensure that the defense is still the calling card of the LSU program.
No. 1 outside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield South, Plainfield, Ill), No. 2 cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas. Ozen), No. 3 safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La. Neville), four-star DL Gerald Willis III (New Orleans, La. Edna Karr) and Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City, Ok. Douglass) and four-star ILB Kenny Young (New Orleans, La. John Curtis) are all projected to join John Chavis’ defense.
The biggest prizes for LSU are top offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La. West Monroe) and the nation’s top player Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La. St. Augustine). Currently, the two are deciding between LSU and Alabama, with Robinson rumored to be leaning toward the Crimson Tide and Fournette a coin-flip.
LSU can ill afford to let either in-state prospect to get away, but especially Fournette, who has been called the best running back in Louisiana prep history and the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson a decade ago. Not since since Peyton Manning and Kevin Faulk were Louisiana high school sensations has a player commanded the type of hype Fournette has garnered on the recruiting circuit.
The aforementioned names besides Robinson and Fournette may be enough in most years to ensure the No. 1 recruiting class, but getting Fournette, which I predict would also mean a commitment from Robinson, would ensure not only the top recruiting class this season, but also perhaps the best in program history.
I said Fournette is a toss-up between Alabama, but I predict the Tiger head to come up when that coin is flipped and for Robinson to stay in-state, and this class will be the reason why LSU wins a BCS title within the next four years.