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There is only one week until National Signing Day, and LSU has several key spots to fill leading up to Feb. 1.
So, what’s next? Let’s take a look:
Are there any commits this year that you believe are better than their ranking? (@iamnotjerome)
Strictly looking at the commits in LSU’s 2017 recruiting class, there are several prospects I feel are deserving of more stars. I’m basing this on their film, their ceiling and the fact that certain prospects are more than deserving in this regard but haven’t received due credit for a lack of appearances on the camp circuit.
Again, this is why stars sometimes don’t matter when it comes to recruiting.
Three that come to mind are Neil Farrell, Aaron Moffitt and Racey McMath.
Farrell, a 3-star defensive lineman from Alabama, registered 101 tackles, including 28 for loss, to go along with 13 sacks. In one game this season, he sacked an opposing quarterback to seal a Murphy (Ala.) High victory.
Still, at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Farrell has room to add weight and play either defensive end or tackle, depending on the front. For LSU, he’d need to gain significant mass to shift inside to nose tackle, but he would be one of the more athletic players in that position. In my opinion, he’s a better fit as a strong-side end.
Moffitt also had a standout senior season. Considering the fact that he didn’t even play four quarters most Friday nights due to lopsided scores, the 3-star defensive end racked up 26.5 tackles and 4.0 sacks, and that’s in between fighting double- and sometimes triple-teams.
Moffitt bulked up to 255 pounds his senior season at Catholic (La.) High. He can play anywhere on a defensive front or even switch to tight end at LSU, considering his athleticism. He’s flown completely under the radar as a defensive lineman.
Lastly, McMath’s final offer sheet reflects a prospect deserving of at least 4 stars. However, the Edna Karr (La.) standout — who stands 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds with 4.3 speed — is still ranked as a 3-star recruit.
That’s in spite of his 1,000-plus receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
McMath is the No. 94 overall receiver in the Class of 2017. I’m not a betting man, but I’d take my chances with McMath against several of the 93 receivers listed ahead of him.
Todd Harris or Amik Robertson … I know LSU can’t take both, so who is more likely to come? (@B_Tizzle910)
You’re right. Space will not allow LSU to take both talented defensive backs, and truth be told, there are a few scenarios where neither Harris or Robertson could wind up in this class.
However, let’s give some context here. LSU has four defensive backs in its class. Two safeties, JaCoby Stevens and Grant Delpit, have already enrolled. Both Kary Vincent Jr. and Jontre Kirklin are very firm in their commitments.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is a fan of both. Obviously, he has been courting Harris for more than a year, while Robertson — who has been on LSU’s radar for some time — recently landed his offer from the Tigers.
There are extenuating circumstances here, of course.
Harris is down to LSU, Alabama, TCU and Arizona State, but it’s really between the Tide and the Tigers, assuming there is space in either one of those schools’ classes.
Robertson is down to LSU, Louisiana Tech and Houston, and for the 3-star nickel, it’s a decision based on proximity to home. He has yet to take his official visit to LSU, but already holds strong connections to the other two contenders.
It’s my opinion that if Harris wants to go to LSU, then he’ll be a Tiger. He’s a versatile defensive back capable of playing safety, corner or the nickel, and Raymond has prioritized him for some time now.
However, if Harris feels more confident about his chances at Alabama, then Robertson is a very strong Plan B. He is a hard-nosed nickel who can contribute on special teams, too. Additionally, he adds a tangible benefit in the locker room.
This may come down to Harris’ decision, and it definitely will come down to space.
Does LSU have any interest in Joseph Bulovas? (@Bayoujunkie88)
Early on, yes.
The Mandeville (La.) High standout with the powerful leg camped at LSU over the summer, and many expected an offer — and perhaps a commitment — to follow.
It never did and, eventually, the U.S. Army All-American kicker committed to Georgia Tech.
At this stage in the recruiting cycle, LSU doesn’t have enough room in its 2017 recruiting class to add a placekicker. After all, last year, the Tigers reeled in Connor Culp, who has yet to even see the field. LSU has more pressing needs at running back, defensive line and linebacker to worry about.
That’s not to say things couldn’t be different if Ed Orgeron was the coach earlier on.
Bulovas is a former teammate of Orgeron’s sons, Cody and Parker, who graduated from Mandeville High last year. Coach O has seen what kind of talent Bulovas is up close several times before.
Should we be worried about Kary Vincent? (@Willie_Beamerr)
Willie, this isn’t worth concerning yourself over. Not one bit.
Vincent officially visited Texas last week. It was his only other official visit besides LSU and made the trek to Austin beside priority LSU target K’Lavon Chaisson. If anything, there’s reason to believe Vincent went to Texas to keep pitching LSU in Chaisson’s ear.
New Longhorns coach Tom Herman has been recruiting the Houston-area product for some time, and all Vincent did was hear him out. No big deal.
After the visit, Vincent told SEC Country he couldn’t wait until signing day arrived so that he could ink his letter of intent with LSU.
Vincent wore a Texas jacket to Orlando, Fla., during the Team USA vs. Team Canada exhibition this week.
Again, don’t worry. Fashion choices are not indicative of much these days.
If more than two linebackers commit to LSU, which ones will they pick? (@babyitsmb)
This is a tough one.
Linebacker has been such a polarizing position for the Tigers in this particular recruiting cycle. Consider the drama that started with Dylan Moses, and then Christopher Allen, and now with Jacob Phillips and Willie Gay, not to mention Ellis Brooks and Tyler Taylor.
Truth be told, LSU is expecting two more linebackers in this class. There isn’t much room for more considering the team’s attempt to add another tailback, defensive linemen, edge rushers and also a fifth defensive back.
From what I’m to understand, Phillips is the top priority at the position. From there, it’s Gay, but LSU is still pushing hard to flip Allen from Alabama. It’s hard to envision that situation taking place, but it’s equally difficult to be 100-percent confident that Gay, a prospect from Starkville, Miss., will surely choose the Tigers over Mississippi State.
If LSU were to swing and miss on any or all of those blue-chip targets, then we fall into the discussion of Brooks and Taylor. Brooks has seen a flood of late offers, which may be more intriguing to him, considering he hails from Virginia. Taylor is down to LSU and Auburn, but many close to him feel Auburn has long been the team to beat for the Georgia linebacker.
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