Ed Orgeron and Co. have so far earned 19 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class, which ranks as No. 12 group in the country and No. 4 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The Tigers have upward of eight more spots and many needs to hit between now and National Signing Day. That includes wide receiver, tight end and offensive tackle, as well as defensive back.
How will LSU fill out the rest of its 2018 class? Here are SEC Country’s latest projections on the defensive side:
DL: Davin Cotton, Nelson Jenkins, Dare Rosenthal, Jarell Cherry, Travez Moore, Dantrieze Scott, Andres Fox, Ja’Quon Griffin
Analysis: Orgeron helped assemble an array of defensive line pieces that could fit either a three- or four-man front. Cotton, Jenkins, Griffin, Cherry and Moore were early additions to the class and have remained solid in their commitments. Rosenthal and Scott popped during the June linemen camp, providing the Tigers with a presence in the middle and another edge rusher. LSU aims to add one more piece here, whether it’s another interior tackle or edge rusher. Fox has a private leader and is a candidate to pop prior to his senior season. There’s a sense that LSU has recruited him the hardest and it’s the Tigers’ race to lose.
Additionally, the departure of Georgia natives Adam Anderson and Jamarcus Chatman has not yet led to Griffin to follow suit. That’s one potential item worth monitoring because it would open up another scholarship in the 2018 class.
Confidence Level: 80 percent
Analysis: Clark and Baskerville were early commitments in the 2018 class and have remained solid throughout the spring. LSU will likely take the state’s top two linebackers to bolster the second layer of the defense, but the Tigers are in a good position with several other linebackers across the country. LSU also has an offer out to Baton Rouge athlete Michael Williams, an X-factor in this year’s class. Merlin Robertson will officially visit, but don’t expect much traction there either.
Confidence Level: 95 percent
DB: Patrick Surtain Jr., Kelvin Joseph, Anthony Cook, Ar’Darius Washington
Analysis: Much of LSU’s secondary pieces have already fallen into place. The final one is Surtain, the top corner in the country. Surtain has named LSU as his leading school and could commit sometime between the start of his senior season and National Signing Day. The Tigers remain in a strong position for the 5-star corner, who will round out a star-studded group. LSU is also in a strong position with another 5-star Cook. After the recent de-commitment from Nadab Joseph, who was being courted as a corner, it’s easier to see a path for Cook to Baton Rouge.
Confidence Level: 70 percent
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