Wednesday is National Signing Day, which of course in itself is a celebrated holiday. It’s a bit … different for LSU recruiting this go-round compared to what we’ve come to expect the first Wednesday of February in years past.
This year, the final pieces of the LSU recruiting puzzle are expected to fall into place on National Signing Day. That’s certainly a nuance.
Consider this: On National Signing a year ago, LSU received a commitment from 1 prospect. That’s no typo … just 1.
That, of course, was 5-star New Orleans cornerback Kristian Fulton, the highest-rated member of the Tigers’ signing class in 2016.
Fast forward a year, and while you’re doing that, crank up the intensity.
Pressing question: How many recruits pick LSU on National Signing Day?
There are 7 prospects announcing their intentions of National Signing Day. LSU is a finalist for each one.
That list I’m referring to:
- Marvin Wilson, 5-star DT
- K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star DE/OLB
- Markaviest Bryant, 4-star DE/OLB
- Todd Harris, 4-star DB
- DeVonta Smith, 4-star WR
- Willie Gay, 4-star LB
- Nico Collins, 4-star WR
Fulton was the top-rated recruit in the Tigers’ class in 2016, but if LSU lands Wilson, Chaisson, Bryant, Harris, Smith or Gay — or some combination of those prospects — it would alter the magnitude of this year’s crop.
Wilson, Chaisson, Harris, Smith and Gay are all top-100 national prospects. Consider Collins is a top-150 player (at No. 136 overall). Bryant is in the top 200 (at No. 180 overall).
The mystery this February for LSU is how many of those dominoes will fall to the Tigers.
In certain situations, one commitment might signal a miss on another.
For instance, LSU holds commitments from 3 wide receivers. The target number could be 4. Will it be Louisiana’s top prospect, Smith? What about Alabama standout Collins?
The defensive front 7 will also draw plenty of attention, and for good reason. LSU is a finalist for Wilson, Chaisson, Bryant and Gay, but can the Tigers land all 3? Defensive line, edge rusher and linebacker are all primary needs in LSU’s 2017 class. Wilson would instantly be the top-rated recruit for the Tigers. Chaisson and/or Bryant would be the clear-cut successor to Arden Key, and Gay would instantly fill the void that 5-star Dylan Moses never had a chance to.
Last year, LSU landed 1 big fish on National Signing Day. This turn, it could be 6, 7 or maybe 8 committing and signing with the Tigers.
The biggest mystery is who.
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