Ed Orgeron and Co. have pushed LSU’s 2018 class up to 19 commitments, which is good enough to be ranked the No. 12 group in the country and No. 4 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The Tigers have at least eight more spots up for grabs and a bevy of needs to hit between now and National Signing Day. That includes wide receiver, offensive tackle and defensive back.
How will LSU fill out the rest of its 2018 class? Here are SEC Country’s latest projections:
DL: Davin Cotton, Nelson Jenkins, Dare Rosenthal, Jarell Cherry, Travez Moore, Dantrieze Scott, Ja’Quon Griffin, Andres Fox
Analysis: Clearly, this is a crowded group of defensive linemen and edge rushers. Some are more solid than others. Expect the likes of Cotton, Jenkins, Rosenthal, Cherry, Scott and Moore to stick. Griffin may be a different case. While the 3-star Georgia defensive end has maintained that he’s firm in his commitment, he named Tennessee and Appalachian State as two schools that are pushing to flip him. Appalachian State has made him a top priority, while teammate and one-time Tigers pledge Jamarcus Chatman is committed to the Vols. If and when Griffin flips, Michael Williams is the leading candidate to fill that void. Williams is a defensive end being courted by Dave Aranda. At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, he’s an ideal 5-technique. Williams has kept his recruitment close to the vest, but the Tigers should be considered the favorite to reel him in when there’s room.
Confidence Level: 60 percent
Analysis: There is little reason for concern in this department. Clark and Baskerville remain solid in their commitments and are already focused on their futures in Baton Rouge. LSU is still recruiting linebackers such as James Miller and Merlin Robertson, among others, but they are more likely safety valves should one of the current commitments makes an unprecedented move out of the class.
Confidence Level: 95 percent
Analysis: I had been close to adding Anthony Cook to this group — and I’m not ruling it out entirely — but it would take an impactful official visit to sway momentum into LSU’s corner ahead of an Oct. 30 decision date. One-time LSU commitment Nadab Joseph is also in play here, as Corey Raymond has maintained a strong relationship with the versatile Florida defensive back. Joseph Foucha is also a name to monitor through February. However, LSU would be just fine in two top-10 cornerbacks Surtain and Joseph, along with Washington as a projected nickel safety. Class of 2019 names such as Derek Stingley Jr., Devin Bush and Maurice Hampton could lead to a bigger haul next year and a small but talented collection of defensive backs in 2018.
Confidence Level: 90 percent
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