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. 16: Kevin Toliver II
One player that has quietly fallen under the radar heading into the upcoming season was one of LSU’s key freshman contributors in 2015.
Kevin Toliver II made his presence immediately felt, playing in 12 games and starting eight at cornerback. The Florida native registered 35 tackles, including two for loss, to go along with five pass-breakups and an interception in the Eastern Michigan game.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound rising sophomore missed all of the spring as he recovered from shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready for action for fall camp. The former blue-chip prospect will already be one of LSU’s most seasoned secondary players, behind only fellow cornerback Tre’Davious White and safety Jamal Adams.
Toliver finds himself in a similar position to his upperclassman counterparts as leaders in LSU’s defensive back rotation. As a sophomore, Toliver is again in a starting role, and will help to set the tone for what otherwise will be a very young but talented collection of corners.
Toliver enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign at LSU in which he proved to be superb in pass coverage. He’s a candidate to break out and become an even more dynamic contributor, as a more aggressive front seven would create more opportunities for him and the rest of the secondary.
Coming Monday: An award-winning guard
- 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
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.