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Tyrion Davis is the lone running back committed in LSU's 2019 class.

Can LSU reel in 3 running backs in this recruiting class?

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It seems rather unlikely that LSU will be able to reel in a trio of blue-chip running backs in the 2019 class.

For now, Tyrion Davis is the lone tailback committed. He gave an early commitment ahead of his junior season at Southern Lab (Baton Rouge,La.) and secured his spot. The 4-star prospect is expected to graduate and enroll early at LSU.

Sitting atop of the team’s 2019 running back board are 4-star Louisiana prospects Noah Cain and John Emery Jr. Of course, the LSU coaching staff would welcome either or both into the fold without hesitation, but the likelihood of landing both Cain and Emery is low.

Cain has no issues splitting carries with other backs. He made that perfectly clear after a recent unofficial visit to Baton Rouge, his hometown, where he spent a night dining in Tiger Stadium along with Davis, running backs coach Tommie Robinson and coach Ed Orgeron, among others.

Emery, who recently released a group of 8 finalists that included the in-state Tigers, is focused on finding a landing spot where he can compete for carries sooner rather than later. LSU remains a serious contender and a lot will hinge on the 2018 season. The team does not have a true workhorse yet, but Emery does not want to start his career behind multiple backs in a crowded running backs room.

For now, I’m more confident that Cain will fall to LSU and Emery will wind up elsewhere in the SEC — perhaps at Mississippi State, Florida or Auburn — but believe me: It’s a very fluid situation.

Last weekend, the team hosted 4-star athlete Ronald Thompkins II (Grayson/Loganville, Ga.), who is on LSU’s board as a running back who also can split out and take snaps in the slot. A versatile three-down back, Thompkins is an option to land at LSU. If that were the case, he could be the third tailback in the 2019 class, but his position would be categorized as an “athlete” as opposed to a true running back.

Beyond Cain and Emery, two other running backs to be aware of are 4-star prospect Darwin Barlow (Newton, Ga.) and 3-star recruit Mike Hollins (University Lab/Baton Rouge, La.). Barlow has plans to camp at LSU later this summer and is certainly one of the top options on the board. Hollins has made multiple visits to campus and has the attention of the coaching staff. As an in-state prospect, an offer likely would come during or after the spring evaluation period or in a camp setting in June.

When it comes to Cain and Emery being paired with Davis, it’s hard to imagine a three-running back haul for 2019. Beyond those pieces, however, versatile athletes such as Thompkins and an in-state option such as Hollins could work out well in principle.

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