LSU Recruiting: The Defense

LSU has recruited exceptionally well on the defensive side as of late, and it will only get better with the addition of Special Teams Coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto. Peveto helps out with the defense along with his duties as STC. Due to this, he will be lending a hand recruiting the defensive side of the ball. There is no “position of need” on defense in this recruiting cycle, so the number of players taken should be pretty even across the board.

Defensive End: The Tigers have already locked up a commitment from 3 star Isaiah Washington out of Edna Karr in New Orleans, but you can expect them to take 2 more at this position. Brick Haley (Defensive Line Coach) is hard after some of the top defensive ends in the nation, some of which include 5 star Terry Beckner Jr. (St. Louis, Missouri), 5 star Byron Cowart (Seffner, Florida) and 5 star Josh Sweat (Chesapeake, Virginia). Out of these three, the most likely to land is Terry Beckner Jr. Early on Beckner has often mentioned LSU when talking about his top schools, and some think the Tigers even led at one point. Lately Missouri, the hometown school, has taken the lead due to Beckner’s fellow teammate Natereace Strong, who is a 4 star running back, committing to the Missouri. Brick Haley will continue to go all out for Beckner, giving LSU just as good a chance as anybody. The most likely player to fill one of those two remaining defensive end spots is 4 star Rasool Clemons (Aiken, South Carolina). Clemons has had LSU as his clear-cut leader for a while, and don’t be surprised to see him give Brick Haley his commitment sooner rather than later.

Defensive Tackle: LSU could take anywhere from 1-3 commits at this position. Early on there have been players such as 5 star CeCe Jefferson (Glen St. Mary, Florida) and 5 star Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas) mention LSU, but both of these guys are a long shot. LSU’s best chance to land a defensive tackle at this point is 4 star T.D. Moton out of Shreveport, Louisiana. He had to sit out his junior season of football due to transfer rules, so he will have to earn his offer at camp this summer. If he impresses like most expect, he will get that offer and will most likely join this class at some point.

Linebacker: This is a position where the staff would like to take one or two, but only if they are elite. There could very well be zero signees come National Signing Day. Right now LSU isn’t really in the picture for any elite prospects. The only guy LSU legitimately take at this point is 3 star Austin Smith out of Buford, Georgia. He has LSU as his leader, but would need to really impress at camp this summer to get an offer.

Cornerback: Defensive Backs Coach Corey Raymond has recruited as a superb level the past couple seasons, and this year looks no different. He already has a commit from the number 2 player in the nation Kevin Toliver. Toliver is a 5 star and the number 1 cornerback in the country. Aside from him, Raymond has LSU in the mix for a lot of other elite corners. The three guys to watch out for is 5 star Tavarus McFadden (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), 4 star Xavier Lewis (Reserve, Louisiana) and 3 star Roney Elam (Newton, Texas). LSU has a real chance with McFadden and leads for Lewis and Elam. McFadden had LSU as his leader at one point, but since then Florida State has gained the edge. His recruitment will go all the way until signing day, and he could very well end up a Tiger. Xavier Lewis once was a Tiger commit, but has since reopened his recruitment. He is still a heavy lean to the Tigers, so there should be nothing to worry about with him. Roney Elam is a guy who has been under a lot of team’s radars, but not LSU. Elam looks to be one of LSU’s famous “diamond in the rough” type guys, and will more than likely gain a 4th star by the time this recruiting cycle is over. LSU is the leader for him, and his 6’3 frame fits the mold of an LSU defensive back perfectly.

Safety: LSU already has the commitment of 4 star Kevin Henry out of Central, Louisiana, and could possibly take one or two more in this class. The aforementioned Tavarus McFadden could very well play safety, so that will remain to be seen if he does in fact sign with the Tigers. Aside from him LSU is on 4 star Jamal Peters out of Bassfield, Mississippi. Early on his top 3 are Mississippi State, LSU and Alabama, with MSU being the leader. LSU has some ground to make up, but I have confidence that Corey Raymond can make it an interesting one come signing day. One sleeper that might sneak into this class is 4 star Justin Reid, brother of former Tiger Eric Reid. The coaches will take a further look at him at summer camp. If Reid is offered, look for him to commit soon after.


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