As LSU prepares to ink another nationally elite signing class in 2017, the team has made major strides in a short period of time.
Since SEC Country’s inaugural LSU mock signing class about six weeks ago, the Tigers added five commitments, including some from blue-chippers and in positions of need.
In Version 2.0, we adjusted the position breakdown and accounted for the progress the coaching staff has made while on the recruiting trail.
Included are the 12 commits already embedded in the class, as well as some notable names that LSU fans need to keep an eye on as we delve deeper into the summer.
Some tweaks made from the first edition take into account the five new pledges that LSU has added in a short period of time.
Below is the list of current LSU commitments by position:
QB (2): Lowell Narcisse, Myles Brennan
RB (2): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tory Carter
WR (1): Stephen Guidry
OL (3): Edward Ingram, Saahdiq Charles, Austin Deculus
DL (2): Aaron Moffitt, Tyler Shelvin
LB (1): Patrick Queen
ATH (1): Jontre Kirklin
Here is how we expect the full singing class to break down by position:
Lowell Narcisse (St. James, La.)
Myles Brennan (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
The fact that LSU nabbed two quarterbacks in a nine-day span is completely off the charts, but has provided ease for the staff as it can now focus its attention of other important positions of need for 2017.
4-star dual-threat prospect Lowell Narcisse and 3-star pro-style prospect Myles Brennan have both been in the national spotlight this spring and early on in the summer for the strides they have made. Both were invited to the Elite 11 competition, with Brennan earning a spot in the finals.
Narcisse left California with a wealth of knowledge, which has already successfully translated to his game. The same goes for Brennan, who in one day at LSU’s most recent high school camp, impressed with his deep-ball ability and pinpoint accuracy.
Both the commitments are strong, which means LSU is on the verge of signing arguably the best quarterback class in the country. The team seems set behind center for the next five years with Brandon Harris, Lindsey Scott Jr., Narcisse and Brennan.
Running backs (3)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Baton Rouge, La.)
Cam Akers (Clinton, Miss.)
Tory Carter (Leesburg, Ga.)
LSU got an early jump on its backfield of the future when it landed Clyde Edwards-Helaire in February. Since then, the 3-star multipurpose back has garnered the attention of multiple SEC schools, most notably Mississippi State, because of his ability to carve up defenses as both a runner and pass-catcher.
The LSU coaching staff added a future force at fullback in Tory Carter during the Bayou Picnic. At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, Peach State native is the nation’s No. 3 fullback and spends part of the time working as a defensive lineman. That versatility should translate into an athletic force to eventually pave the way for the backs that’ll follow Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice.
Cam Akers is the headline stealer of this group. LSU has made tremendous strides with the 5-star running back, who is very keen on coming to Baton Rouge, La., and splitting time with Guice his freshman season. Credit LSU’s Jabbar Juluke with helping the team make up ground with the nation’s No. 2 back, and now it’ll be on him to keep LSU in the fold as Akers prepares to trim his list of 10 down to four.
Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida State are the other high-profile landing spots to keep an eye on with Akers. LSU is also courting Houston’s Toneil Carter, but Georgia and Texas A&M have made significant progress since the running back last visited LSU in March.
Wide receivers (3)
Devonta Smith (Amite, La.)
Racey McMath (New Orleans)
Stephen Guidry (Raymond, Miss.)
The nation’s top-rated junior college wideout, Stephen Guidry has already provided LSU with an elite talent at a position the coaches want to pad their depth at to go along with the evolving offense.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Louisiana native has a great bond with Dameyune Craig and provides the Tigers with an explosive downfield threat that the coaching staff continues to seek out. LSU poached Guidry from the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State, and could wind up with an instant-impact contributor when he arrives on campus.
Devonta Smith has emerged as the top offensive priority for Craig and area recruiter Ed Orgeron. Craig was at Amite (La.) High School for the receiver’s spring game last month and continues to court the 5-star prospect at every turn in the road. LSU has made significant strides with the elite talent since the spring, and Smith in turn has grown fond of both the coaches and his fit in the offense.
Of course, Alabama and Florida State are the teams LSU will have to beat out to land Smith, and that won’t be an easy task. Smith is taking his time with the recruiting process, so it will have to be an all-in effort spearheaded by Craig to keep Smith in The Boot.
Racey McMath recently added his LSU offer after impressing the LSU coaching staff at their most recent high school camp. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound New Orleans native not only tested well with a 4.4-second 40, but dominated in one-on-ones, resulting in the offer.
McMath has made stops at Alabama and Mississippi State, and plans to visit Florida sometime this summer as well. However, because of his relationship with Juluke and his fondness of his potential fit with the Tigers’ offense, he could wind up committing to LSU sometime before the start of his senior season.
Offensive linemen (4)
Austin Deculus (Cypress, Texas)
Edward Ingram (DeSoto, Texas)
Saahdiq Charles (Madison, Miss.)
Adrian Ealy (Gonzales, La.)
LSU has already assembled a star-studded collection of offensive linemen, headlined by 4-star Texans Austin Deculus and Edward Ingram, and now 3-star Mississippi product Saahdiq Charles.
Deculus, the nation’s No. 8 offensive tackle, provides LSU with a much-needed blindside protector. At 6-foot-6 and 323 pounds, he continues to add strength while boasting impressive agility.
Ingram figures to be a force on the interior part of the Tigers’ line. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Lone Star State native is the nation’s No. 10 offensive guard, which bodes well for LSU’s chances of maintaining a potent rushing attack in the post-Fournette era.
The team’s most recent lineman commit, Charles, has emerged as one of the most versatile and underrated talents in all the nation. The 6-foot-5, 314-pound prospect has played in multiple spots along the Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.) line, including along the defensive front.
Charles is considered a future guard, but offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has to be excited about the versatility that the Louisiana native will bring to his group up front.
Lastly, 4-star Adrian Ealy could provide the exclamation point on this elite group of linemen. Louisiana’s No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2017, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle has long been considered an LSU lean, but the in-state power will have to stave off Miami and Oklahoma, among others, that have made a strong push in recent weeks.
Between Ealy and Deculus, LSU will have two studs anchoring their offensive line, while Ingram and Charles can earn playing time at either guard spots.
Defensive linemen (4)
Tyler Shelvin (Crowley, La.)
Aaron Moffitt (Baton Rouge, La.)
Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, Texas)
Isaiah Buggs (Perkinston, Miss.)
LSU has the luxury of Tyler Shelvin already embedded in this year’s class, which serves the team well as it looks to add talent around him.
Shelvin, a 5-star defensive tackle, remains firm in his commitment to LSU and holds a strong bond with Orgeron. He might also wind up having a chance to lure the top-rated prospect at the position, Marvin Wilson, to Baton Rouge, La., too.
Wilson recently included the Tigers in his top 10, where they should stand firm until decision day. Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida State are considered the other major threats to LSU, but LSU will always have a slight edge thanks to Orgeron.
The 5-star Texan worked out with LSU’s defensive line coach last week at Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas), where he provided Orgeron with an update on his stance with LSU. Wilson said the coach was pleased, and so was he to get advice from one of the nation’s top assistant coaches and recruiters.
LSU will be in a dog fight for Wilson without question, but the consistent, effective recruitment on the part of the coaching staff should certainly come into play.
Aaron Moffitt was one of the five prospects that committed to LSU this spring. The 3-star defensive lineman could have a future at either tackle or end. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Moffitt has spent much of the spring bulking up and is looking the part of a blue-chip recruit. He should go down as one of the most underrated prospects in the 2017 class when it’s all said and done.
The final component to this puzzle is the nation’s top junior college defensive end, Isaiah Buggs. The 4-star lineman recently took in LSU after stops at ‘Bama and Auburn. Much of the SEC is courting the Ruston, La., native, though Buggs is highly linked to his hometown Tigers.
Buggs is an ideal fit at defensive end in LSU’s new 3-4 defensive scheme, and because of his bond with current players like Davon Godchaux, he could find himself in a position to succeed him in due time.
Patrick Queen (Livonia, La.)
K’Lavon Chaisson (Houston)
Bruce Jordan-Swilling (New Orleans)
Dylan Moses (Bradenton, Fla.)
Arguably the most glaring position of need in the 2017 recruiting cycle for these Tigers will be padding the depth of their linebacking corps.
First-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda needs weapons to fit the different linebacker roles he’s installing in the 3-4 scheme, particularly with some of the team’s incumbents about to enter their senior seasons.
LSU has also secured a commitment from 4-star athlete Patrick Queen, who fits the bill as one of the most dynamic yet underrated talents in both Louisiana and the nation. Since committing to LSU in February, Queen has added weight to build a linebacker’s frame, but also improved his agility and lateral quickness so that he’s as effective as a run-stopper as he is in pass coverage.
Next up on LSU’s board is 4-star weak-side end K’Lavon Chaisson, who’s being courted as a stand-up backer by Aranda. The Houston native is high on LSU after the SEC power was the first to offer him as a rising junior, and has made several trip to Baton Rouge, La., since this spring. Chaisson is an ideal fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker as a pass-rusher, with a skill-set very similar to that of Arden Key. Entering his second full season as a varsity player, Chaisson has an extraordinarily high ceiling.
Bruce Jordan-Swilling is one of Louisiana’s most versatile talents, and the 4-star New Orleans native is being courted by LSU as both a linebacker and a running back. Jordan-Swilling remains unsure exactly which position he’ll pursue, and a lot could depend simply on LSU’s chances with the other prospects at both positions.
The versatile talent boasts a longstanding relationship with Juluke and spent much of LSU’s most recent camp working with Aranda and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto. Alabama and Southern Cal could pose the biggest threats for Jordan-Swilling, but other teams are only after him at running back.
Dylan Moses is, of course, the most recognizable name here. The 5-five linebacker and No. 2 overall prospect in the 2017 class has shifted LSU up and down in his top schools list, and in his most recent edition had his hometown Tigers behind the likes of Texas and ‘Bama.
The Baton Rouge, La., native was wildly impressed by Aranda, which quickly altered Moses’ perception of the program. Sources close to Moses believe he’s destined for a homecoming based largely on his affliction for the coaching staff and desire to play for his hometown team.
Moses is going to announce his decision in December, which should involve the aforementioned contenders. The outside linebacker will then enroll early as he looks to garner a starting job as a true freshman, which is an opportunity that will naturally present itself at LSU.
Tre’ Swilling (New Orleans)
Cheyenne Labruzza (Albany, La.)
This is arguably the most difficult position group to forecast, as there are several cornerback targets out there that LSU will need to either flip or hold off other stiff competition.
Tre’ Swilling has been a regular attendee for LSU’s biggest recruiting events. The 3-star New Orleans native was there for the Junior Day, the Bayou Picnic and again for the team’s first high school camp, drawing the attention of Raymond for much of the Friday session.
The Brother Martin High School (New Orleans) product boasts an impressive offer sheet, but it appears that LSU and Alabama are among the most likely landing spots. While Swilling has a strong bond with Tide area recruiter Burton Burns, it’s hard to ignore the longstanding relationship he often refers to with Raymond and Juluke.
If LSU is reeling in a small, but elite group of cornerbacks for its 2017 class, expect Swilling to be a part of it.
Cheyenne Labruzza was once thought of to be a lock for LSU’s class before abruptly committing to Tennessee during the team’s Orange and White game. Since then, the 3-star Louisiana native has consistently made visits back to Knoxville, Tenn., without showing up for any LSU events.
However, his area recruiter Orgeron remains devoted to luring Labruzza to LSU, a school he was always high on. Miles vowed to the corner that he would not let him go anywhere else but LSU, and we’re trusting the Mad Hatter to stay true to his word.
It will not be an easy task, but if the LSU coaches want to ensure an elite collection of corners in 2017, they will have to put their best foot forward. Labruzza and Swilling will both be major pieces in that quest.
Grant Delpit (Bradenton, Fla.)
Todd Harris (Plaquemine, La.)
LSU could land its first defensive back commit as early as next month during Nike’s “The Opening” finals camp in Oregon. That’s when 4-star safety Grant Delpit plans to reveal his decision, which could very well be LSU.
The New Orleans native — now rated as the No. 9 safety in the country — remains in constant communication with the LSU coaches, including Raymond and Peveto, the area recruiter. The staff envisions Delpit as a successor to Jamal Adams, and that has resonated with the safety even after his offer list expanded to 30 schools this spring.
The 6-foot-4, 181-pound defensive back made two visits to Baton Rouge, La., this spring, and he still has family in Louisiana. The fact that LSU extended an offer before the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Michigan and Texas makes a difference, which bodes well for the Tigers’ chances of landing the highly sought-after safety next month.
Delpit is one part of the equation, and Todd Harris is the other.
The nation’s No. 7 safety in this year’s class is the ideal compliment to Delpit. The 6-foot, 180-pound Louisiana native is excellent in pass coverage, but truly excels with the pads on and he’s able to deliver blows as a run-stopper.
Harris, a 4-star safety, made several trips to LSU this spring, but is also considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State and could be on the cusp of landing an offer from Alabama. Still, he has a strong relationship with Raymond, as well as Queen.
It has been in Harris’ plans to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game, when we expect he names the in-state Tigers as his destination.
Jontre Kirklin (Lutcher, La.)
If LSU’s 2017 recruiting class features a trio of receivers and two cornerbacks, the coaching staff have the luxury of arguably the most versatile athlete in the state already committed.
Jonte Kirklin was one of LSU’s earliest pickups in the class, and the 3-star prospect from Lutcher (La.) High School has been working out on both sides of the balls since making his pledge.
The 6-foot, 166-pound athlete plays quarterback for the defending Louisiana Class 3A state champions, but competed at wide receiver at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans in April and played both receiver and corner during LSU’s most recent high school camp. Kirklin shined at both positions when given the chance.
Kirklin could eventually play in the slot or as an outside receiver for LSU. It’s easy to see him work in as a nickelback or a third safety in the Tigers’ secondary, too. Either way, he provides LSU with an added weapon and true value in the 2017 class.
See more: LSU mock signing class 1.0
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.