Thursday, February 4, 2010
Recruiting rewind: LSU
By Chris Low
Recruits: 27 (25 high school seniors, one enrolled early, one prep school player and one junior college player, who enrolled early).
Top prospects: The Tigers signed seven ESPNU 150 prospects, with Travis Dickson leading the way. He's the younger brother of former LSU tight end Richard Dickson and rated as the No. 4 tight end prospect nationally. Eric Reid and Tharold Simon were two of the top 10 safety prospects in the country, while Kadron Boone feels a big need at receiver. The Tigers were able to wrestle him away from Texas Tech.
Sleepers: Sam Gibson was an athletic quarterback in high school, but is capable of playing a couple of different positions in college. Nic Jacobs is an underrated tight end/defensive end prospect who also kicked off in high school.
Needs met: One of the Tigers’ most important gets was stealing away defensive tackle J.C. Copeland from Tennessee at the last minute. They needed more depth in the interior. Landing Boone was key, too, especially since LSU lost a couple of receivers to other schools the last few weeks of the recruiting season.
Analysis: Prep school signee J.R. Ferguson should combine nicely with Copeland to give the Tigers an imposing defensive tackle duo over the next few years. The Tigers needed some help at running back. Perhaps Spencer Ware can come in next season and contribute after playing quarterback in high school. The same goes for Boone at receiver, because the Tigers are in need of playmakers on the perimeter. All in all, it was an impressive close to signing day by Les Miles and his staff.
Scouts Inc. grade: A-
What Les Miles said:
- "I think the last day certainly benefited us. We didn't get everybody that we wanted, but we got those guys that we had to have and ones that will really come in and have an effect on this team."
- "I feel like these four [receivers] were exactly what we needed at that position. I like those guys because they are good students. On the field, they are physical players with good speed and great ball skills, so I think the ability to put young guys on that field that will compete in those multiple wide receiver sets is back."
- "In the secondary, we had to have a great class, both at corner and safety. Eric Reid at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, reminds me of a young Chad Jones physically. Ronnie Vinson, Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon can all play corner and are, in my opinion, a very capable group."