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LSU coach Ed Orgeron could lead the Tigers to a top-5 recruiting class in 2019.

LSU’s newest football commit predicts top-5 recruiting class in 2019

Nick Suss

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Will he be right?

LSU secured a commitment from 3-star Texas cornerback Marcus Banks on Sunday. Banks is LSU’s 12th commitment for the Class of 2019 and second cornerback commit, pushing the Tigers up to No. 10 in the national rankings and fourth among SEC schools behind Alabama, Texas A&M and South Carolina.

In explaining his commitment to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman, Banks raved about the potential talent in LSU’s 2019 recruiting class. Namely, he said he has friends he expects to commit to LSU on the tails of his commitment and, with the boost that provides, Banks said he expects LSU to finish with a top-5 recruiting class by the time National Signing Day rolls around.

Of course, Banks’ assertion isn’t impossible. If the Tigers can net commitments from highly touted in-state prospects such as 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., 4-star running back John Emery Jr. or 4-star wide receiver Devonta Lee, to name a few, LSU should be well on its way to earning a top-5 class. And that’s not even mentioning out-of-state prospects high on the Tigers such as the nation’s No. 1 prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux and 4-star running back Noah Cain, both of whom have LSU in the hunt.

It’s no guarantee that the Tigers will have a top-5 class. Recruiting fixtures Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are going to find a way to factor in, as will stellar recruiter Jimbo Fisher now that he has Texas A&M’s resources at his disposal. But with the geographical monopoly it has on talent in Louisiana, LSU has a shot.

A shot to make Banks look really smart, that is.

Watch the tapes

Want to see what LSU is getting in Marcus Banks? Here is his high school highlight tape:

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, June 11 is “National Making Life Beautiful Day.” Not “make life beautiful” day, but “making life beautiful.” So it’s not a directive. But rather a call to appreciate beauty. Which seems bizarre.

Don’t pat yourself on the back if you’re making the world beautiful. Keep on doing it. We need more beauty in this world, not to sound like the kid from American Beauty. So don’t just appreciate beauty. Contribute to it. Make the world beautiful.

That’s not too much to ask, is it?