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LSU's recruiting footprint grows

5/29/2012

Rejoice, Tigers fans. As LSU's flurry of May commitments rolls on this month, the Tigers on Tuesday grabbed their most high-profile commitment to date.

By landing offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (Lemont, Ill./Lemont), LSU secured its first commitment from the ESPN 150 to its ever-expanding recruiting class. Pocic sits No. 72 overall in the 2013 class, and is considered the fourth-best offensive tackle in the class. Not that rankings are what any coaching staff aims for when building a recruiting class, but it certainly gives the Tigers a nice highlight to what is becoming an impressive group.

At N0. 72 overall in the country, Pocic is the most recognizable in what is now a group of seven four-star recruits for LSU. With plenty more opportunities to land ESPN 150 names like Kendell Beckwith and Tim Williams, the potential is there for the Tigers to pull in one of the nation's best classes. It's also impressive that in what appears to be a slightly down year for Louisiana talent, LSU was able to land a prized recruit from the middle of Big Ten territory.

If the Tigers can hold on to the likes of Pocic and Los Angeles quarterback Hayden Rettig, it says a lot about the program's growing footprint on a national scale.

Pocic's commitment also adds even more beef to what has become a big strength for this 2013 class -- the offensive line. One of the focal points of last year's class was ESPN 150 offensive tackle Vadal Alexander, and it looks like the Tigers are going to keep adding to the depth of the offensive line. Pocic gives LSU three commitments in the offensive trenches, and all of them massive are massive players.

Pocic, at 6-foot-6, 286 pounds, is the first tackle in this class, but he joins a pair of sturdy offensive guards in 6-foot-4, 290-pound K.J. Malone and 6-foot-4, 305-pound three-star Josh Boutte.

As has been the theme this month, Pocic is yet another offensive player added to the mix. Of the Tigers' 14 pickups, 10 of them play on the offensive side of the ball. The Tigers signed three offensive linemen in 2012 and four in 2011, so this is in keeping with the norm. But with spots filling up in this class, I'm curious to see how many more offensive additions the team looks to make.