Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
While most LSU fans are already familiar with stalwarts such as Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White, Rickey Jefferson will be one of the more interesting defensive backs to keep an eye on heading into the 2016 season.
Jefferson is the younger brother of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Purple and gold runs in the Jefferson family’s blood, and thus far, all signs point to us finding out more about Rickey come the fall.
The 6-foot, 206-pound defender saw extended playing time in LSU’s base defense last season as he filled in for an injured Jalen Mills. Jefferson racked up six tackles and a sack in the rout of Auburn, then notched a career-high eight tackles in the win over Eastern Michigan.
Jefferson should have an opportunity to expand on those numbers as a full-time starter in the LSU secondary. However, the senior should receive some competition from incoming freshmen Eric Monroe, the nation’s top safety in the 2016 class, and Cameron Lewis, one of Louisiana’s top athletes.
Coming Wednesday: An invaluable lineman
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.