The final early enrollee in LSU’s 2018 recruiting class is on his way.
Badara Traore, one of nine early enrollees who inked their national letters of intent during the early signing period in December, is set to begin his classes in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, a source informed SEC Country.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound offensive tackle was the top-ranked junior college prospect at his position in 2018. He joins eight other members of the Tigers’ signing class who have already enrolled at school, including Terrace Marshall Jr., Micah Baskerville, Tae Provens, Damien Lewis, Cole Smith, Zach Sheffer, Davin Cotton and Travez Moore.
Traore, Lewis and Moore were all at junior colleges last year.
ASA College in New York is on a trimester system. Grades were not published until Monday, so until Traore’s transcript could be reviewed, he could not enroll at LSU. That was sorted on late last night, allowing the 4-star offensive tackle to make his way to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
Traore will help the Tigers and new offensive line coach James Cregg to replace both starting tackles from last year’s squad. K.J. Malone graduated and Toby Weathersby declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. Altogether, LSU is down three of its starting offensive linemen from a year ago, in addition to longtime offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who is the new offensive coordinator at BYU.