Ed Orgeron and Co. have bolstered the 2018 class up to 19 commitments, which is good for the 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 up for grabs and a bevy of needs to address 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:
QB: Justin Rogers
Analysis: LSU needs a quarterback in its 2018 class. Danny Etling’s time in Baton Rouge is nearing an end and with the departure of Lindsey Scott Jr., depth is a major concern. With Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse in place, LSU presents one of the most opportunistic situations in the country. Rogers will officially visit LSU and is expected to be ready to compete for a starting gig by preseason camp. TCU may have pushed hardest early in the process, but Orgeron and Steve Ensminger have done the most legwork since.
Confidence Level: 40 percent
Analysis: Both Curry and Provens are solid in their commitments and LSU could very well sign these two running backs and bolster their backfield depth in a big way. The elephant in the room remains Joiner. The 4-star Alabama native named LSU as a co-leader last month, but that was before the Crimson Tide began to dial up the pressure on the in-state target. While Joiner maintains that the Tigers are out in front, Alabama remains a major X-factor in his decision.
Confidence Level: 55 percent
Analysis: Jones and Jenkins are two outstanding foundational pieces at LSU’s most important areas in the 2018 class. Of course, Marshall is the team’s top offensive target and the Tigers have remained in strong position for some time now. The same goes for Keys, who is the top target at slot receiver. There are multiple options to fill that final spot: Jason, Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Watkins all come to mind. LSU and Alabama are battling for Watkins, who could fall to the Tide if there’s an open spot for him. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Watkins commit to LSU again, though. Jason is currently committed to Kansas, but he will not sign there. LSU has shifted its focus on the New Orleans 4-star and I’m slowly believing that it can reel him in.
Confidence Level: 60 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 all across the offense. The Tigers will look to add one more tight end and 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 all the way to National Signing Day. Louisiana’s top tight end is weighing LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Arkansas and UCLA, and like the receivers, he’s waiting to see how Canada uses the tight end this fall.
Confidence Level: 90 percent
Analysis: If wide receiver is LSU’s biggest offensive need, consider offensive line depth a No. 1A. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes takes a lot of flack, but has assembled a talented trio of commitments in the form of Wire, Hines and Smith early on. All are very solid despite other schools seeking to flip the potential-laden prospects. Tackle remains a much-needed area to address. LSU has quietly been pushing hard for Traore, the No. 1 junior college tackle. He should officially visit this fall and has a chance to compete for playing right away in Baton Rouge.
Confidence Level: 75 percent
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