Are LSU CBs Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver NFL bound after this season?
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LSU coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media for the first and only time this bye week Tuesday. He didn’t say all too much noteworthy, which you’d expect. But when discussing recruiting needs, Orgeron said something interesting:
“We need corners. We think that we’re going to lose two starting corners. We need corners,” Orgeron said.
It’s not hard to figure out who Orgeron is talking about there. LSU starts three cornerbacks. One, Greedy Williams, is a redshirt freshman. He’s not going anywhere. That leaves juniors Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II. Both of whom have been hot as of late. But is it too soon to start talking NFL draft with those guys?
CBS Sports doesn’t have either player ranked among its top 100 prospects for 2018. Walter Football and DraftTek have Toliver ranked but not Jackson. You’d be hard-pressed to find any reputable site that projects either LSU cornerback as a first-round pick right now. That’s not to say they won’t be. Toliver has desirable size and athleticism, while Jackson is a gifted technical corner with world-class speed.
Still, for someone to leave college after his junior season, you’d hope there’s a guaranteed high pick in his future. For every Davon Godchaux, there’s a Malachi Dupre. Leaving college early is a risky proposition. Unless you’re Leonard Fournette or Jamal Adams, there’s always risk involved.
If you ask me, I think Jackson and Toliver are a package deal. If one decides to leave, they’re both gone. They’re too close and competitive with one another to split their decisions. Because of this, I think it’s likely they won’t see their senior seasons. But don’t count them as good as gone quite yet.
What’s the answer?
Upon hearing Orgeron’s comment about cornerbacks, SEC Country’s LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman pounced. He wrote up a couple of options LSU is recruiting at DB for the Class of 2018, including 5-star phenoms Patrick Surtain Jr. and Anthony Cook and 4-star Baton Rouge product Kelvin Joseph. You can read that post by clicking here.
Sam also revealed his picks for the 19 best prospects in Louisiana for the Class of 2019. You can dive into those rankings here.
For the bye week, fellow SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey and I are writing some midseason grades pieces. Alex kicked things off Tuesday by playing the “What if?” game about LSU-Troy. He pondered where LSU’s season would be right now if the Tigers hadn’t fallen victim to the upset bug against the Sun Belt’s finest.
I don’t want to spoil his theories, so I won’t. You can read the whole story here. Let us know in the comments below if you have any alternative theories to his. If there are good ones, we may discuss them in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Thursday.
Alex Bregman on the big stage
Former LSU shortstop and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said hello to the World Series in a big way Tuesday night, taking Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw deep for a solo home run.
If you didn’t see the shot, or want to relive the magic, feel free to watch the video below:
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 25, 2017
Bregman finished the game 1 for 4 with the home run and the RBI. He also turned a nifty double play to bail out Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel in the middle innings.
In LSU hoops news
Tuesday was Media Day for the LSU men’s and women’s basketball teams. Men’s coach Will Wade dropped a few nuggets of news to the media. For a breakdown of his team’s last-place ranking from SEC Media Days, click here.
Additionally, Wade revealed some injury news. Here are a few updates:
- Returning starter and senior forward Aaron Epps has a walking boot on his foot after bruising it in practice. Wade and Epps both said they expect the senior to return in one or two weeks.
- Graduate transfer Jeremy Combs is progressing from his ankle surgery and has transitioned into drills against air. He will continue to work toward full health and may be able to practice fully within the next few weeks.
In case you missed it, I was a guest on Carter Bryant’s “One Team, One Podcast” on Tuesday morning. We talked about Derrius Guice’s monster game versus Ole Miss, the relative merits of Danny Etling and Jalen Hurts, whether Matt Canada is a master manipulator and my admittedly bizarre New Year’s Eve Waffle House tradition.
On Wednesday, Bryant had Spiegelman on the show. If you’re itching to hear more about LSU recruiting, you can listen to that one early here.
Today in made-up holidays
On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. No, the Stones’ first time on American TV isn’t as monumental as when the Beatles first showed up stateside. But it’s a real great set. And The Rolling Stones are awesome.
So, give a listen to this clip from the show. You won’t feel bad afterward.
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