As the dust continues to settle from yet another riveting National Signing Day, today our focus shifts onto next year’s class.
For LSU fans, there are some premier prospects to get familiar with.
Many of the Tigers’ targets in the Class of 2017 hail from The Boot, but there are some prominent national prospects that are on the team’s radar as well.
Here are eight recruits that LSU fans should know about for next year:
1. Dylan Moses, five-star linebacker, Bradenton, Fla.
This name should come as no surprise to LSU fans. Moses, one of the most polarizing recruits perhaps ever, was previously committed to the Tigers before de-committing amid Les Miles’ job security.
The Baton Rouge, La., native is preparing for his senior campaign at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which opens the door for more nationally renowned programs to get a foot in the door.
Moses has been far and away the top-ranked player in the Class of 2017 since he was 13 years old. However, LSU must now fend off pressure from Alabama, Florida State and Texas, among numerous other programs, that’ll be in the mix for the talented linebacker.
With 31 reported offers a year before he finalizes his decision, the most important thing to remember is Moses’ close relationship with Miles. That may ultimately be a deciding factor at this time next year.
2. Tyler Shelvin, five-star defensive tackle, Lafayette, La.
An early LSU commit, Shelvin is already on the fast path to distinguishing himself as Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2017.
The nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has already begun to nurture a relationship with the 6-foot-2, 329-pound prospect.
Shelvin already boasts reported offers from LSU and Alabama, but his recruitment should take off — and quickly — as the rest of the nation takes notice.
While it is always an encouraging sign that Shelvin has pledged to the hometown Tigers early, it does create some wiggle room for potential de-commitments along the way.
3. Todd Harris, four-star safety, Plaquemine, La.
Safety was a pressing need in LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, but the Tigers reeled in only two prospects at the position. Expect Harris to be a top target for LSU in the Class of 2017.
The 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back already proved to be the best at the position in Louisiana way before his senior season. Harris is not only good in pass coverage, but excels in the big-time pops you expect out of a deep safety.
Harris informed SEC Country that he’s a big fan of LSU and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, and that LSU would be among his top choices right now. However, the rest of the SEC is closely paying attention to Harris and it is likely the safety will consider all of his options.
4. Bruce Jordan-Swilling, four-star running back, New Orleans
One of the breakout stars in the New Orleans high school football season in 2015, Jordan-Swilling made the switch from outside linebacker to running back as a junior and put together a monster campaign.
The 6-foot, 215-pound workhorse is the state’s No. 7 prospect, but could easily climb the ladder into the top three or four by next fall.
Jordan-Swilling’s running style is reminiscent of a back many LSU fans are familiar with in Leonard Fournette. He has both speed and quickness, but also the ability to run over defenders and stiffarm would-be tacklers.
LSU is among the early favorites to land Jordan-Swilling, whose half-brother, Tre Swilling, is one of the nation’s top-rated cornerbacks. The son of former Georgia Tech linebacker Patrick Swilling, Jordan-Swilling is expected to attend college with his brother.
5. Adrian Ealy, four-star offensive tackle, Baton Rouge, La.
Long been a top target for the LSU program, Ealy would be a welcomed player for the Tigers’ offensive line.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive tackle holds seven reported offers, and like many of his counterparts in the Class of 2017, will likely see his recruitment take off in the coming months.
Ealy’s recruitment is being spearheaded by offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Louisiana’s No. 8 prospect, Ealy could eventually find himself starting on the LSU offensive line opposite another young up-and-comer from this year’s class in Willie Allen. Offensive line will likely be a prioritized position for the Tigers’ class next year, and Ealy is a top target early on.
6. Lowell Narcisse, four-star quarterback, St. James, La.
LSU landed a quarterback in its 2016 class — and no, it wasn’t the typical pro-style signal-caller that’s been the norm for the Tigers.
Instead, LSU followed up a Houston Bowl performance which included a handful of spread-concept plays by nabbing Lindsey Scott, one of the state’s top dual-threat quarterback recruits.
So, are the Tigers finally planning to open up their arsenal?
Perhaps so, and Narcisse is considered a prime target to orchestrate it.
The nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, Narcisse recently de-committed from Auburn. Even after he chose Auburn over LSU and Clemson, he maintained a strong relationship with Cameron.
If the LSU offense begins to show signs that there’s a changing of the guard, Narcisse could very well wind up in Baton Rouge, La.
7. Devonta Smith, four-star wide receiver, Amite, La.
One of the most gifted athletes Louisiana has to offer in the Class of 2017, Smith has a chance to climb up the rankings as the state’s top player.
Smith plays both wide receiver and defensive back for Amite High School (La.), and boasts top-end speed and outstanding hands.
The former UGA commit re-opened his recruitment and is now considering Miami, Alabama and Ole Miss. LSU could jump back into the thick of things, however, should the Tigers offense include more spread concepts, Smith told SEC Country.
Smith’s versatility to play on either the offensive and defensive of the ball will be an interesting thing to keep an eye on, as he could either spark an downfield passing game or emerge as a lockdown defensive back.
8. Tre Swilling, three-star cornerback, New Orleans
Already one of New Orleans’ premier shutdown corners, Swilling’s recruitment has taken off rapidly during his junior season.
Swilling is already the top-rated cornerback in Louisiana for the Class of 2017 and could very well see his ranking climb on a national scope, too.
The half-brother of Bruce Jordan-Swilling, the duo is expected to make its college decision together. Recently, the family visited their father’s alma mater, Georgia Tech, and Alabama while on an unofficial visit.
However, LSU was among the first schools to extend an offer to Swilling, which may bode well for the Tigers’ chances of bringing one of New Orleans’ premier cornerbacks to Baton Rouge, La.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.