SEC recruiting rewind: LSU

February, 3, 2011
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LSU

The class

Recruits: 22 (21 high school players and one junior college transfer. Three players are already enrolled in school).

Top prospects: Anthony Johnson is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country. La'el Collins is ranked as the No. 3 offensive tackle. Jarvis Landry is ranked as the No. 3 receiver, Kenny Hilliard as the No. 9 running back and Mickey Johnson as the No. 11 defensive tackle.

Needs met: Getting former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger in at mid-term was crucial. The Tigers' passing game needs a makeover, and Mettenberger will compete with Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee in the spring for the starting job. Landry gives LSU another big-play threat on the perimeter with Terrence Toliver departing, and the Tigers really helped themselves in the defensive line. Johnson is already enrolled in school and is one of those guys who will probably factor into the tackle rotation immediately.

Analysis: In landing defensive end Jermauria Rasco on signing day, LSU put the wraps on one of the most impressive defensive line classes in the country when you throw in Anthony Johnson and Mickey Johnson. There's also Quentin Thomas, who could wind up being an end or tackle. The state of Louisiana was loaded this year, and the Tigers kept most of that talent at home. They signed 17 players from the state and could still add one more. Running back Jeremy Hill, a four-star prospect, didn't sign on Wednesday because of ongoing legal issues.

ESPN recruiting grade: B+

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