Dave Aranda breaks down every defender in LSU’s 2018 signing class
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Dave Aranda knows all
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda sat down for a 1-on-1 chat with The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, in which Aranda detailed what he expects from every signee for LSU’s recruiting Class of 2018. As you’d expect, Aranda went into some pretty sophisticated detail about what he expects.
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So, here is a cliff-notes version of some of the highlights. No need to force you to read everything:
- Not all five of LSU’s defensive tackle signees will stay at defensive tackle. Chasen Hines and Dominic Livingston will play nose tackle, while Davin Cotton, Dare Rosenthal and Nelson Jenkins will move outside to defensive end.
- Micah Baskerville and Damone Clark will stay at inside linebacker. Travez Moore and Jarell Cherry will play the B-linebacker position, better known as the spot Arden Key played. Dantrieze Scott is expected to play outside linebacker, but it wasn’t specified which position. SEC Country sources say he has a chance to compete at the F-linebacker, or the field backer.
- Kelvin Joseph will move from his high school spot at safety to cornerback in college.
- Cotton is continuing his rehab on a torn ACL. Aranda said he expects him to be back by the end of spring.
Baseball is here!
The wait is almost over. LSU baseball season begins Friday with the Tigers’ season opener versus Notre Dame at 7 p.m. from Alex Box Stadium. I’ll be covering it live, so be sure to follow me on Twitter on Friday and throughout the weekend for updates.
As a primer, here are a few stories you might’ve missed to get ready for baseball season:
- Bryce Jordan is back, just not where you expected
- Filthy, gross, dirty: What’s the best pitch on the team?
- Replacing the middle infield is a key to CWS return
- Tigers motivated by low preseason projections
- Tigers should make up for power loss in 2018
Watch me, watch me
Fellow SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I hopped on Facebook Live on Thursday night to chat the latest in LSU football, baseball and basketball news. You can watch the whole video below. And if you haven’t already, be sure to like our page on Facebook so you can watch more live streams in the future.
We might be transitioning into baseball season in Baton Rouge, but football season is year-round. In case you missed anything, here are some of the biggest pieces of LSU news from Thursday:
- Are the Tigers still in the market for an offensive analyst?
- Shaq talks about the best basketball advice he ever received
- Projecting the Tigers’ 2018 defensive depth chart
Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports update
Baseball is going to be the big draw, but plenty of other LSU sports compete this weekend. Here’s a calendar of events tailored for the biggest of LSU sports fans:
- LSU gymnastics competes twice this weekend. Friday, the No. 4 Tigers travel to St. Charles, Mo., to compete in the Mardi Gras Invitational against Arkansas, Missouri and George Washington. The Tigers return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday to face off against Texas Woman’s at 2:30 p.m. CT.
- Softball hosts the Purple & Gold Challenge this weekend. The Tigers host Central Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Southern Utah and Oregon State and play five games across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Men’s basketball hosts Missouri on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
- Women’s basketball travels to Arkansas on Sunday for a game at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed online through WatchESPN.
- Swimming and diving continues competition in the SEC championships, which began Wednesday and continue through Sunday.
- Track and field competes in the LSU Twilight meet on Friday.
- Beach volleyball will hold its annual intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club beginning at 10 a.m.
- Women’s tennis hosts Nicholls on Saturday.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Feb. 16 is National Do A Grouch A Favor Day. So, find your favorite curmudgeon, your favorite Scrooge, your favorite buzzkill and do something nice for him or her.
He or she probably won’t appreciate it. But you’ll be fulfilling your daily celebratory requirement.
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