LSU’s 19-member class is cemented as one of the top collections in the country. More impressive: its national ranking and overall talent can still improve thanks to the progress the Tigers have made with some of their top remaining targets.
Where it ranks?
LSU’s 2017 class ranks fourth overall and third in the SEC. It trails only Alabama (No. 2) and Georgia (No. 3).
For context purposes, the Tigers hold 19 firm pledges, including one 5-star (JaCoby Stevens), 11 4-stars and seven 3-stars.
The majority of LSU’s 2017 haul is comprised of blue-chip prospects. Even more impressive is that the Tigers are preparing to reel in elite players at key skill positions that will certainly bolster their depth at positions of need.
- JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Tyler Shelvin, 4-star DT (Crowley, La.)
- Austin Deculus, 4-star OT (Cypress, Texas)
- Jhamon Ausbon, 4-star WR (Bradenton, Fla.)
- Grant Delpit, 4-star S (Bradenton, Fla.)
- Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB (Port Arthur, Texas)
Most of LSU’s top remaining targets are weeks away from finalizing their decision.
Racey McMath, a 3-star wideout from New Orleans, should decide between LSU and Mississippi State after his senior season wraps up in December. The same goes for a pair of 4-star defensive lineman in Isaiah Buggs and Phidarian Mathis. Buggs is deciding from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and Ole Miss, and Mathis is down to LSU, ‘Bama and TCU.
Todd Harris, a 4-star safety from Plaquemine, La., will decide at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1, 2017.
The rest of the top targets — Cam Akers, DeVonta Smith, Marvin Wilson, K’Lavon Chaisson and Christopher Allen — are set to commit on National Signing Day after spending much of January taking their official visits.
Breakdown by position
QB: 2 of 2
RB: 1 of 2
FB: 1 of 1
WR: 2 of 4
OL: 4 of 4
DL: 4 of 5
LB: 1 of 4
CB: 2 of 2
S: 2 of 3
Louisiana (6): Lowell Narcisse, Tyler Shelvin, Aaron Moffitt, Jontre Kirklin, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Patrick Queen
Texas (4): Austin Deculus, Edward Ingram, Kary Vincent Jr., Mannie Netherly
Florida (2): Grant Delpit, Jhamon Ausbon
Mississippi (2): Myles Brennan, Saahdiq Charles
Alabama (2): Neil Farrell, Justin Thomas
Tennessee (1): JaCoby Stevens
Georgia (1): Tory Carter
West Virginia (1): Seth Stewart
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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