LSU did not finish with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, but the Tigers successfully hauled in a nationally renowned crop of talent on National Signing Day.
The Tigers finished with a top-six recruiting class, according to all four major national recruiting outlets.
On Wednesday when the faxes were finally turned off, LSU coach Les Miles addressed the media — as only Les Miles can — to discuss the 23-man class.
Here were seven things Miles liked about the Tigers’ class:
On the defensive back signees
“Defensive back is another key, in my opinion, the best college of defensive backs maybe in college football history on paper,” Miles said in his press conference Wednesday. “They have the ability to play multiple spots in our secondary. (The cornerbacks) give us a lot of flexibility in how to play our safeties with corners on the field that can really shut down some passing.”
On LSU’s new recruiting strategy
“Some of the stats I was reading about the height and weight, we’ve done more of this year. Bigger, stronger, and taller. We had length for an attribute. Long arms, big hands and strength. We did it across the board at a number of positions, and that’s why this class is so highly ranked. We’ll find out about this class in time … This group is going to be very special. It’s a class you can compete for a national championship with. We return 18 starters and you look at a class this talented to come in alongside a veteran team, we like our chances.”
On LSU’s defensive signees
“This is a class that by defensive linemen you can put big, strong, tall men at the line of scrimmage and be a real force inside. Our secondary is a secondary that now that really you can put shutdown corners out there and keep them fresh (like we did) with Pat (Peterson), Tyrann (Mathieu) and Mo (Claiborne). Michael Divinity is going to be a special player. He has great speed. He’s physical, long. It will become a more dominant team by the nature of our players than by the nature of the calls.”
On success recruiting Louisiana
“I think our guys in this class recognized a great opportunity of the university here,” Miles said. “They enjoy walking in that stadium and playing. The credential of choice when you graduate is an LSU credential … People want to stay close to their friends and family, and a group of men in this class wanted to win a national championship right here in the state of Louisiana. That’s a significant piece LSU will always have.”
On LSU’s troubles recruiting quarterbacks
“Brandon Harris was absolutely a first choice. I think we’ve had several first choices that we took and understood that. There’s many times the opportunity given is an athlete, throw-and-run quarterback, a dual-threat. Those guys have the opportunity to do things that are pretty special. I look at Lindsey Scott like that, and he looks pretty tall to me.”
On which signees could have an immediate impact
“(Connor) Culp could be a serious contributor at kicker. The corners can be a shutdown group of corners to have an impact and a lot of flexibility in where we move people. Rashard Lawrence inside can be a step in, knock it down (player) and be pretty special there. Devin White — we have to find something to do with that guy. As fast as he is, 250 pounds, 6-foot-2, probably runs under 4.4. This is a very large, very fast man. We’re going to develop an opportunity for him.”
On Drake Davis’ letter
“I have never read an essay that someone wrote on signing day, that someone directed at me. I thought it was well done. I would have given him a good grade. It was pretty stylistic and had some stuff to it. I like the parallel he drew between family and team. You don’t shake hands with family; you hug. I think it was a good piece. If I had known there was a $10 bet on this deal, somehow I should have made $5.”