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 offensive side:
Analysis: LSU missed on several of its top targets, most notably Justin Rogers (TCU). Matt Canada will continue to push for Rogers, who is keeping an open mind to LSU’s pitch. LSU made a late push for Jarren Williams (Kentucky) and 5-star Justin Fields, but the ship had passed on both. Even accounting for the transfer of Lindsey Scott Jr., the Tigers won’t take a quarterback just to take a quarterback. The odds are stacked against them to flip Rogers, so LSU will likely utilize this scholarship for a defensive front-seven prospect and try to reel in two blue-chip quarterbacks in 2019 like it did in 2017.
Confidence Level: 75 percent
Analysis: LSU bolstered its backfield of the future by adding Curry and Provens to the 2018 class in June. Curry projects as a downhill runner, while Provens — who was taken as an athlete — can be effective as both a runner and a pass catcher out of the backfield. LSU had intended on taking three backs to bolster its depth chart when Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams head to the NFL. The question is whether they can land a third rusher. They have quietly been working Joiner behind the scenes and again are in a position to strike with the 4-star back.
Confidence Level: 80 percent
Analysis: LSU needs to restock at wide receiver. In Canada’s offense, they need weapons on the inside and outside. The team has done work bringing on Jones and Jenkins early and securing a transfer from Jonathan Giles, who will be eligible to play in 2018. Marshall and Chase sit atop Mickey Joseph’s priority list. Marshall won’t make a decision until December, and LSU is forced to play from behind after Chase popped to Florida. It would not surprise me to see Joseph win over Chase or Devonta Jason by December. Both are uphill battles as the Tigers try to force flips, but time is on the Tigers’ side. Keys has publicly named LSU as his top school, and a decision could come in the fall or signing day.
Confidence Level: 75 percent
TE: Glenn Beal, Zach Sheffer
Analysis: LSU landed an ideal H-back during the elite high school camp in Sheffer, who will be utilized in multiple positions across the offense. The Tigers will look to add one more tight end. The obvious candidate is Beal, who has been close to committing to LSU a handful of times. After receiving several big-time offers, his recruitment will likely last until National Signing Day. Louisiana’s top tight end is weighing LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and UCLA, and like the receivers, he’s waiting to see how Canada uses his tight ends this fall.
Confidence Level: 90 percent
Analysis: Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has done early work securing commitments from a trio of talented linemen in Wire, Hines and Smith. In that, LSU has a future left tackle and two capable centers. Plus, Hines is versatile enough to shift to guard. LSU would like to round out the class with another tackle. Traore is the leading candidate, mainly out of pure necessity. LSU needs another tackle, and the top junior college option could compete for a starting job immediately. Traore should make an official visit to LSU this fall before making a decision.
Confidence Level: 60 percent
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