LSU shows its reach on 2014 Watch List


National signing day for the class of 2014 seems like a distant speck on the map, but this is already shaping up to be a textbook recruiting effort from LSU.

There's a pretty basic formula the Tigers have followed to recruiting success during the Les Miles era: Lock up the lion's share of the top talent in Louisiana, then grab a few quality prospects from talent-rich states nearby -- Texas, Mississippi, Florida or Georgia.

That appears to again be the case next year. Of the 12 Louisiana targets in the ESPN Watch List for 2014, LSU has offered 10. The two without offers, wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Paris) and linebacker Kenny Young (New Orleans, La./John Curtis), are certainly on LSU's radar.

This year's crop of Louisiana standouts just might be good enough to land the Tigers a top class ranking if they can reel them all in. Players like running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine), cornerback Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) and offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) are already well-known names around the state, and they have a chance to be among the top players in the country.

That doesn't include local talents such as wide receivers Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./ Barbe) and Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La./John Curtis) who have already impressed the Tigers and earned offers, but who are sure to get more widespread attention soon.

But interestingly enough, it's not Louisiana where LSU's early 2014 success has come from. The Tigers received three 2014 commitments this past summer, all from out-of-state prospects. The trio of linebacker Kain Daub (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease), Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County) and Chris Hardeman (Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor) all pulled the trigger on visits to Baton Rouge.

All three of those prospects are featured on the ESPN Watch List, and they aren't alone, as the Tigers have targeted plenty of other elite prospects in Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

LSU has had plenty of success with that in recent years, partially thanks to the recruiting prowess of the coaches and obviously as a result of the program's onfield dominance. Patrick Peterson headlined the 2008 class all the way from Miami, and out-of-state stars like Russell Shepard, Spencer Ware and Kwon Alexander have entered the program in recent years.