BATON ROUGE, La. — The spring semester is about to get underway, but first comes move-in day.
Such is the case for the 2018 LSU football team and its nine newest members. That includes nine players who signed their national letters of intent during the early signing period in December and report to Baton Rouge to check into their college dorms on Monday.
Here’s who will officially become Tigers on Jan. 8:
- Terrace Marshall Jr., 5-star WR
- Badara Traore, 4-star OT
- Micah Baskerville, 4-star LB
- Davin Cotton, 4-star DL
- Travez Moore, 4-star DE/OLB
- Damien Lewis, 3-star OL
- Tae Provens, 3-star RB
- Zach Sheffer, 3-star TE
- Cole Smith, 3-star OL
Of the nine early enrollees, three hail from the junior college ranks. Traore and Moore were the top-ranked prospects at their positions, respectively, while Lewis is set to add valuable depth to LSU’s interior line.
Marshall is the team’s highest-rated signee. The Bossier City, La., native was ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the Class of 2018 and committed to LSU over Texas A&M on Dec. 22, 2017.
Baskerville and Smith are coming All-American Game appearances. Baskerville participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game and Smith on the Under Armour All-America Game squad.
Cotton, Provens and Sheffer are also set to join the team. Cotton was Louisiana’s top-ranked defensive lineman, but missed his senior season with a torn ACL. As he nears full health, he will have a chance to get treatment from the LSU medical staff and add muscle ahead of spring ball. Provens is one of two running back signees expected to compete for playing time in the Tigers’ backfield, which is set to lose Darrel Williams and likely Derrius Guice. Sheffer was the lone tight end signee in the 2018 class and could be an immediate contributor in the passing game and as a run-blocker.