Midway through October, LSU holds 19 commitments from some of the premier prospects from across the country.
Nationally, the Tigers’ recruiting class ranks No. 4 behind only Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia.
More than half of LSU’s pledges are currently classified as blue-chippers. In other words, 4- or 5-star recruits. Could that actually change by National Signing Day?
Based on the prospect’s senior seasons and spike in their recruitments, LSU has a handful of commits that could see a boost in their star rankings. Here are six to keep an eye on:
Grant Delpit, 4-star safety (Bradenton, Fla.)
Delpit ascended from a 3-star to 4-star safety prior to the start of the 2016 season. That’s a result of an outstanding summer at prospect camps and on the 7-on-7 circuit.
The 6-foot-4, 181-pound Louisiana native has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile safeties in the country this fall. As a key cog on the IMG Academy defense, Delpit has recorded 27 tackles, including 19 solo, to go along with 4 passes defended and 2 interceptions.
Delpit is also working as a punt-return specialist, averaging nearly 20 yards per attempt.
Overall, he has been a force in pass coverage, run defense and special teams. It would not be surprising to see him add a fifth star before the fall is complete.
Myles Brennan, 3-star quarterback (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
The record-setting passer from Mississippi is enjoying a season for the history books.
Brennan, rated as a 3-star recruit and the No. 17 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 cycle, has completed 151 of 224 passes (67.4 percent) for 2,158 yards. More impressive, he has thrown for 26 touchdowns without an interception through seven games.
Brennan, a New Orleans native, is averaging better than 308 yards through the air per game and boasts a 137.1 quarterback rating. He has also rushed for 304 yards and 6 touchdowns.
One of the more accurate, cerebral quarterbacks in the country, Brennan is deserving of at least a fourth star for his groundbreaking senior campaign.
A fourth star would do him some justice, considering Brennan is now Mississippi’s all-time record holder for career passing yardage and total yards of offense. He’s a few touchdowns shy of also etching his name as the state’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns, too, which should come this Friday.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star running back (Baton Rouge, La.)
Edwards-Helaire has battled a hip injury for most of the fall, but when he’s been in the lineup for Catholic High, he’s been arguably the best player on the field.
The 5-foot-7, 191-pound standout has only appeared in three games, amassing 284 yards and three touchdowns on only 33 carries. Yes, he’s averaging a whopping 8.6 yards per touch.
Despite sporadic playing time and taking a cautious approach with the injury, Edwards-Helaire has proven to be one of the most dynamic playmakers in Louisiana. He has a chance to add to his season-long statistics now that he’s fully healthy and back in the starting lineup.
Expect Edwards-Helaire to be a force to watch in the second half of the regular season and into the playoffs as he makes his case for a well-deserved fourth star.
Saahdiq Charles, 3-star offensive lineman (Madison, Miss.)
One of the most versatile offensive linemen in the recruiting cycle, Charles has been dominating at the point of attack.
The 6-foot-5, 314-pound standout is playing left tackle for Madison-Ridgeland Academy after spending time at guard, defensive tackle and tight end in his high school career.
Charles is rated as a 3-star offensive guard, the No. 19 prospect at the position in the 2017 class. His extremely intriguing measurables finally received attention during Nike’s “The Opening” Finals.
That drew the attention of several other SEC programs this fall, including Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi, all of which offered Charles during the past two months. Charles is well deserving of a fourth star.
Aaron Moffitt, 3-star defensive lineman (Baton Rouge, La.)
Like Charles, Moffitt is a jack-of-all-trades expected to make an impact in a number of different ways next year for LSU.
The 6-foot-4 Moffitt has bulked up to 255 pounds, which has translated to an effective senior campaign. Moffitt has racked up 16.5 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, and three assists. He’s also recorded four sacks for a combined loss of 26 yards, a forced fumble and one pass defended.
Moffitt lines up primary as a 4-3 defensive end, but switches depending on the personnel. He has also spent time at outside linebacker and on the interior defensive line. More impressive, Moffitt’s defensive coordinator raved that his top pass rusher is posting these types of numbers while drawing double- and triple-teams.
“He is extremely unselfish and plays wherever and when we need him the most,” Catholic defensive coordinator Matt Burmaster said. “He could play any front-seven position for us.”
Based on his ability to play on the interior defensive line, at defensive end or even as a stand-up outside linebacker, Moffitt is making a strong case to add his fourth star as one of the best pass-rushers in this year’s class. You can count on LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda plugging Moffitt into prime situations to rush the quarterback from the edge or up the middle, and that’s not to exclude the outside chance he plays some tight end for the Tigers.
Neil Farrell, 3-star defensive lineman (Mobile, Ala.)
Farrell has the ability to line up as a defensive tackle or end, and does both for Murphy High.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound disruptive force is long overdue for a fourth star, proving to be one of the most unblockable defensive lineman in the 2017 class.
In one game, Farrell managed 13 tackles, including 6 for a loss, to go along with 3 sacks. His final sack came as time was winding down on a 2-point conversion attempt, which preserved his team’s win. In the past two weeks alone, Farrell has exploded for seven sacks.
In seven games this season, Farrell has registered 54 tackles, including 16.0 for loss, in addition to 10.0 sacks and 8.0 more quarterback hurries. Over the past 18 games, Farrell has totaled 17 sacks, 23 quarterback hurries and 33.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.Florida State and Alabama continue to press for LSU’s defensive line pledge, who is ascending this fall.
Florida State and Alabama continue to press for LSU’s defensive line pledge, who is ascending this fall.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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