LSU holds 19 commitments in its 2017 recruiting class. There are between six and eight spots still up for grabs until National Signing Day rolls around in just less than three months.
In other words, it’s the fourth quarter of the recruiting cycle, and next month many of LSU’s top commits and priority targets will begin to take their official visits and finalize their decisions.
LSU’s Mock Signing Class 5.0 is a bit trickier than the previous versions. Of course, Ed Orgeron is the head coach, but on an interim basis. Orgeron’s role in 2017 — be it as the permanent head coach or an assistant on the staff — is integral to the class sticking together. That also is the case for several key assistants such as Corey Raymond, Dameyune Craig, Dave Aranda and Jabbar Juluke, as well as Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Athletic Director Austin Thomas.
Current class breakdown
Once Les Miles was fired, LSU lost only one commitment from junior college — wide receiver Stephen Guidry. Expect the team to address that in the stretch run, adding at least one and possibly two more elite recruits at the position.
That leaves 19 spots filled out of a potential 25- or 27-member class. There will be more clarity on that front once some of LSU’s current players weigh their futures in the NFL, which inevitably impacts who LSU takes.
QB (2): Lowell Narcisse, Myles Brennan
RB (1): Clyde Edwards-Helaire
FB (1): Tory Carter
WR (2): Jhamon Ausbon, Mannie Netherly
OL (4): Austin Deculus, Edward Ingram, Saahdiq Charles, Seth Stewart
DL (4): Tyler Shelvin, Aaron Moffitt, Neil Farrell, Justin Thomas
LB (1): Patrick Queen
CB (2): Kary Vincent Jr., Jontre Kirklin
S (2): JaCoby Stevens, Grant Delpit
Cam Akers, 5-star RB (Clinton, Miss.)| Akers sits atop of Juluke’s wish list for the 2017 class, as LSU needs a back to eventually replace Leonard Fournette. Akers was unfazed by LSU’s coaching change and is expected to be in Baton Rouge in due time. LSU, Florida State and Ohio State have separated themselves from the pack and cemented themselves as finalists. Akers is a fan of LSU’s offensive style and can split backfield work with Derrius Guice as early as next fall.
DeVonta Smith, 4-star WR (Amite, La.)| LSU has quietly gained momentum with Louisiana’s top prospect, thanks in part to Craig’s efforts to repair the relationship. It doesn’t hurt that the offense is opening up, which has appealed to Smith and helped Craig cash in on his promise. Alabama has long been the favorite, but the Tigers have refused to give up hope. Smith will announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
Racey McMath, 3-star WR (New Orleans) | LSU extended the offer to McMath after a superb outing at the June prospect camp. Juluke and Craig have devoted a lot of time and attention to the underrated wide receiver, who brings a lot of physicality to the position. LSU wants to bring at least three and up to four receivers to help replace Travin Dural and the transfers lost in the offseason. If LSU lands both Smith and McMath, it’s unlikely it can take a tight end. If not, look for the team to court junior college prospect Ravian Pierce.
Isaiah Buggs, 4-star DL (Mississippi Gulf Coast) | Buggs has come close to committing to LSU multiple times, but has slowed down the process and is currently taking visits. He attended Orgeron’s first game against Missouri and received ample attention from both Orgeron and Bradley Dale Peveto. As a junior college standout, Buggs can earn playing time right away at defensive end, which is a position of need once Lewis Neal graduates and if Davon Godchaux heads to the NFL.
Dylan Moses, 5-star LB (Bradenton, Fla.) | Here’s the big flip. As of now, I’d say it’s a 50-50 bet that Moses returns to LSU’s class in January or on signing day. LSU has refused to give up hope on the 5-star linebacker, who could start from Day 1 when he arrives on campus. The coaches and other commits are courting Moses, despite him being committed to Alabama. He’s a 1A priority in ’17.
Christopher Allen, 4-star LB (Baton Rouge, La.) | You can make a similar argument for Allen, another Baton Rouge product who has made several visits to Tiger Stadium on Saturdays this fall. Allen has developed a great bond with both Aranda and Peveto, which has helped LSU gain momentum with the 4-star outside linebacker. Allen will officially visit both Alabama and LSU, and commit on National Signing Day.
K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star DE/LB (Houston) | LSU was the first to offer Chaisson, which came before the elite edge rusher ever played a down of football. Since then, Chaisson has visited LSU on multiple occasions, including a pair of three-day stays for both of the team’s prospect camps this summer. Chaisson has been very quiet this fall but should be on campus in due time. He, too, is a priority target for these Tigers.
Todd Harris, 4-star DB (Plaquemine, La.) | LSU’s defensive back big board is quite full with elite safeties in Delpit and Stevens, top cornerback Vincent and a high-quality athlete in Kirklin. That has not deterred Harris’ connection with Raymond and LSU, where he, too, has frequented on Saturdays. Harris also has relationships with many of the current players, LSU linebacker pledge Queen and has a great deal of pride as it pertains to being from Louisiana. Harris will choose from LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M and Ole Miss at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1, 2017.
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