Andrew Soroh is a talented safety prospect from American High in Hialeah. He played for the South…
February recap at LSU
On National Signing Day, the LSU Tigers welcomed 25 signees, including four of the nation's top 100 prospects. The LSU class of 2013 ranks #8 nationally according to Scout, and includes a five-star prospect, 16 four-star prospects and 8 three-star prospects. --- As an insider at the university, do you think the 2013 recruiting class met Coach Miles and his staff's expectations? There's no doubt the Tigers' 2013 haul achieved many of the staff's main goals. First, and most important every year, the best players in the state of Louisiana were again retained from outside linebacker Kendell Beckwith to cornerback Tre'Davious White to offensive guard Josh Boutte. Next, almost all of the team's needs were addressed from quarterbacks of the future in Anthony Jennings and Hayden Rettig to the defensive line, where seven total players were brought in at tackle and end. Possibly the only area where the staff didn't get what it wanted was at safety, a position where LSU ended up signing nobody after Jeremy Cutrer ended up not qualifying academically. If narrowed down to just one or two players, who has the ability to make an immediate impact in the 2013 class? The biggest area of need right away on the entire roster is along the defensive line. It's not a possibility, but a fact, that the fourth man in the rotation at defensive tackle and at end will be a true freshman. In Brick Haley's system of rotating bodies in and out, that means you play legitimate time. The two most likely to break into the fold at defensive tackle are Greg Gilmore and Christian Lacouture, the latter of which is already on campus as an early enrollee. Then, at end, the two most likely are Frank Herron and Tashawn Bower. The defensive line of the future will start to take shape for LSU immediately in 2013. Who is the sleeper or surprise steal in the class of 2013? In my opinion, the biggest sleeper in the class is tight end Desean Smith. Now, it may not be completely fair to slap that title on a four-star prospect and someone who participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game, but I feel he gets lost in the shuffle a bit with this class because of all the stars defensively and the big-name, out-of-state quarterbacks on offense. Smith will give LSU its most versatile tight end, as an effective blocker yet dynamite pass catcher, in a long time. With a bit of a hole in the depth chart at tight end, after Chase Clement graduated and Nic Jacobs transferred, Smith will get a look right off the bat. How will the class of 2013 affect recruiting in the class of 2014? That's a good question, because anytime you make an emphasis to fill a need one year, you tend to slack a bit at the position the next year, unless the talent's that good. For example, in 2012, LSU's class was linebacker-heavy, with six total players who fit the bill signing with the Tigers. As a result, it wasn't a real need in 2013. In much the same way, LSU took seven defensive linemen in 2013. It won't be where the staff is shaking the branches hardest in 2014 as a result. Also, the lack of a safety in 2013 means the Tigers will be looking to restock their last line of defense in the worst way in 2014. I expect 2014 to be a monster defensive back year for a place that's gotten pretty comfortable lately with the "DBU" moniker. [The same goes for] running backs, where the Tigers intentionally didn't take anybody in 2013 to save room for a true beast out there lurking in 2014. Who are the top targets for fans to keep an eye on in the 2014 recruiting class? People in Louisiana won't have to look far for elite talent in 2014. Already, Scout has four players from the Pelican State rated as five-star players, and each is at the top of LSU's radar for this class. Those players are running back Leonard Fournette, offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, defensive end Gerald Willis and safety Laurence Jones. Fournette is the headliner and the one the Tigers want most desperately. He's being sold on becoming LSU's next great back after Jeremy Hill's time on campus is up. Outside of those four, receiver Malachi Dupre and tight end Jacory Washington constitute two more elite players in Louisiana in 2014. Washington is already an LSU commit. --- Thanks to Tiger Sports Digest's Ben Love for his contribution to this February report.
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