LSU is going into this recruiting season with some new faces on the staff. In the offseason, Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey left the program for an NFL job and Offensive Line coach Greg Studrawa was let go. Their replacements were very fit and in the offensive lines case, a major upgrade. At STC, LSU hired former Co-Defensive Coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto. Peveto, while most will remember his horrid season as Co-Defensive Coordinator, was a good recruiter. Although that was a good hire, the best hire of the offseason was the hiring of former Virginia Tech Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes. Grimes is an excellent recruiter and is a good technique coach. The offense this season will be young, but there is always the possibility of losing players to the draft. How will the coaches reload these positions? Lets find out.
Quarterback: This position has been taken over solely by Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron when it comes to recruiting. So far in this recruiting cycle the only name that has really been widely talked about is Florida standout quarterback Torrance Gibson. Gibson currently has LSU in his top 5, but LSU has a lot of work to do to become that number one school. To most fans this might seem odd that Cam is only actively pursuing one quarterback, but for Cam Cameron, its completely normal. Cameron does not extend offers to many quarterbacks, as evident by last years quarterback class. Cam will wait until the summer evaluation period, pick the quarterback he likes most, and then reel him in. Torrance Gibson is the exception, not the rule. Cameron knows he would take Gibson in a heartbeat, that’s why he was offered so early. Look for a quarterback to emerge on LSU’s radar this summer, and don’t be surprised if he ends up in this recruiting class.
Running Back: This position is a little more clear cut as to who Frank Wilson (Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator) is targeting. LSU already has a commit from 4 star U-High running back Nick Brossette, but they are not done. LSU is currently sitting in a good spot with 4 star running backs Derrius Guice (Catholic High) and Kirk Merritt (Destrahan). Merritt is considered an all-purpose back due to the fact that he can play both running back and slot receiver. Both are considered heavy leans to LSU. If LSU gets these two, their running back class will be done.
Wide Receiver: This position is unclear as to how many kids the LSU staff wants to take. They could take as little as three and as many as five. The staff is hard after a lot of receivers, the highest rated being 5 star George Campbell out of Florida. He is a long shot to get though. LSU already has one receiver commit in this class from West Feliciana 4 star Jazz Ferguson. Beyond him, they are in a good position for a lot of highly sought after kids. The three most coveted of the group are 5 star Demarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas), 4 star Carlos Strickland (Dallas, Texas) and 4 star Tyron Johnson (New Orleans, Louisiana). LSU leads for Johnson, who is rated the top receiver in the nation by some sites, and is in a very good position to land both Lodge and Strickland. I expect LSU to get two of the three, and if I had to pick which ones, I would put my money on Johnson and Lodge. Besides those three, LSU is hot on the trail of some local talent. There are three receivers from Louisiana that I would put in a tier just below the three that have already been mentioned. These receivers are Stanley Morgan (New Orleans), Daylon Charlot (Patterson), and Terrell Chatman (Central). The only one of the three that has been officially offered by the staff is Stanley Morgan, but the other two have kept in constant contact with the LSU staff. LSU leads for both Morgan and Chatman, and some believe that Chatman would commit on the spot if offered. This is where the numbers come into play. Any other year Chatman would have been offered and would be apart of this class, but with the talent ahead of him I’m not sure he will see that LSU offer if the staff gets who they think they will get, that is if the number of receivers they want to take is four. If the staff wants to take five, look for Chatman to get that offer and be the 5th receiver in this class.
Tight End: The staff has already gotten a commitment from 3 star Texas tight end Hanner Shipley, and unless they get a call from someone like Will Gragg (Arkansas), I can see them shutting down the tight end position for this cycle.
Offensive Line: This is where new Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes is going to earn his payday. He, with the help of Tight Ends Coach Steve Ensminger, have already locked up 5 star offensive tackle Maea Teuhema. Teuhema is the younger brother of LSU defensive end signee Sione Teuhema. Offensive line is a HUGE need for this recruiting class, and Jeff Grimes has been out working persistently trying to fill these needs. Grimes has extended offers to kids all across the country in 14 different states so far. Even though he has extended many offers, his biggest challenge lies right here at home, flipping Evangel offensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Tillery has been committed to Notre Dame for a while, calling it his dream school. Before Grimes got to LSU, there was almost a zero percent chance LSU would be able to flip the standout tackle, but Grimes has given him and his family a lot to think about. If signing day were today, Tillery would still sign with Notre Dame, but given time I think Grimes will be able to flip Tillery. Aside from Jerry Tillery, there have been other names that have shown interest in LSU. The three most intriguing names out there are 4 star tackle Connor Dyer (Mesquite, Texas), 4 star guard Patrick Vahe (Trinity, Texas), and 3 star guard Adrian Magee (Franklinton, Louisiana). Dyer has been in contact with the staff and has shown interest, despite having Texas A&M as his leader. To land Dyer LSU has a good amount of ground to make up, but they have a chance. The situation with Patrick Vahe is an odd one. He is cousins with the Teuhema brothers, and after they both committed to LSU it seemed as if he would follow suit, but that is not the case. Since then he has firmed his commitment to the Longhorns. If there is a number two school, it is LSU, and I think once he visits LSU’s campus and gets to talking with his family he will switch his commitment to LSU. The most clear-cut of the three is guard Adrian Magee. LSU is the leader by far in this one and he could commit at any time.
This recruiting season is going to be as exciting as it always is. Check in tomorrow to get LSU’s defensive recruiting outlook!