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GeauxTigerNation mailbag: Sept. 7

9/7/2012

GeauxTigerNation recruiting writer David Helman is back with another GeauxTigerNation mailbag, taking questions about the Tigers' recruiting efforts this year.

From Alex in New Orleans: First it was Alex Hurst to get nicked up along the offensive line, and now Chris Faulk has a severe injury. Has LSU recruited the depth there to withstand all the injuries?

It certainly looks good that offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was LSU's highest-rated recruit for 2012, doesn't it? On top of that, Alexander was an early enrollee in January, which showcases how important it can be to get your most talented recruits onto campus as soon as possible. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound freshman has been working out and learning the playbook since the week after the national championship game. If Hurst can't stay healthy, or if the big senior moves to left tackle to replace Faulk, Alexander seems like a likely candidate to step onto the starting line.

It's also worth remembering that, while he's predominantly a guard now, La'El Collins was brought out of Redemptorist High School as the nation's best offensive tackle. In a pinch, he could make the switch. It all goes to show the need for versatility in a recruiting class, as well as the importance of getting players ready for the field as quickly as possible.

From Dan in Atlanta: Depending on the severity of Ricky Seals-Jones' injury Thursday night, it doesn't look like he'll be a viable option for this recruiting class. How does this change LSU's target list?

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Seals-Jones, first of all. Everything I've heard is that the injury did not look good. As far as LSU is concerned, not much is different. Whether it's Kendell Beckwith, Tim Williams or Greg Gilmore, the vast majority of the Tigers' remaining targets are defensive players. Sure, LSU would probably love some more depth at wide receiver -- especially with Travin Dural missing this season with injury and Avery Johnson not making it to campus. But they do have juco commit Quantavius Leslie and highly regarded receiver Chuck Baker, not to mention do-everything talent John Diarse, who will likely play receiver in college. Seals-Jones was likely more of a wish than anything else, and I doubt LSU is fretting for much else besides his well-being.

From @Johnny_Brooks: recruiting wise, what position are you most excited about?

Much like the linebackers in last year's class, LSU looks absolutely loaded along the defensive line and in the secondary this year. The Tigers knew they were a little short on defensive end depth, so they went out and landed ESPN 300 member Frank Herron, from Memphis, Tenn. Along with him comes Lewis Neal, another talented out-of-state defensive end from North Carolina. Denham Springs defensive tackle Tevin Lawson should grow into a force in the defensive interior, and none of that accounts for the possible commitments of ESPN 150 members Beckwith and Williams.

In cornerbacks Jeryl Brazil and Rashard Robinson, you've got two of the fastest players in the nation, and Robinson's 6-foot-2 frame should benefit greatly once he hits a college weight room. They'll probably be joined in the secondary by athlete Tre'Davious White. Along with Diarse, White should be a star at whatever position he eventually plays.