Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ESPN 300 targets: LSU
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- With the release of the the ESPN 300 for 2015, it's easy to see that while LSU won't have quite as much access to local, high-end prospects as it does in the 2014 cycle. However, the Tigers can still put together an elite recruiting class with the bulk of its players coming from Louisiana. Here's an early look at who might be LSU's top targets.
Kevin Toliver, the brother of former LSU receiver Terrence Toliver, has the look of a prototype cornerback.
1. CB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) 6-foot-1, 183 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 2
A cousin of former LSU wide receiversChris Toliver and LSU's first commitment in the 2015 class, Kevin is ideal for just the opposite role his cousin played. At 6-1, with long arms, fluid hips and exceptional speed, Toliver has the skill set to possibly be the most talented LSU cornerback prospect since Patrick Peterson, which is saying something considering the enormous talents the Tigers annually attract to the position.
For those who follow high school football in Baton Rouge, Brossette seems to have been around forever. That's because University Lab has eighth-graders on the same campus as the high schoolers and, by Louisiana rules, they are allowed to play varsity football. So Brossette not only started, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards as an eighth-grader. The year after Leonard Fournette, Brossette will continue Louisiana's run over elite running back talent.
While LSU's 2014 recruiting efforts focused on smaller, athletic defensive tackles such as Garrald McDowell, Moton can give the Tigers a space-eating, run-stuffing physical presence inside. One of the most powerful players in the 2015 class, Moton will be the most prized defensive tackle prospect to come out of Louisiana since Anthony "Freak" Johnson in 2011. Moton has the talent to be a force.
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4. Tyron Johnson (New Orleans/Warren Easton) 6-1, 179 ESPN 300 rank: 32
The year after perhaps Louisiana's best-ever wide receiver class, Johnson leads what will again be another outstanding group of receivers. Possessing outstanding speed and quickness and a tall, strong frame, Johnson has the skill set to keep LSU's receiver recruiting momentum going in a big way while leading Warren Easton, which features several Division I prospects in the 2015 class, to prominence in Louisiana prep football circles.
With the 4.55 40-yard dash he ran at LSU's camp Monday, Ferguson's credentials as a big, but sufficiently athletic, wide receiver were firmly established. The Tigers went through great lengths in 2013 to find a big receiver and it's safe to think that in the 2015 class, LSU will still be looking to stockpile that need. Ferguson would fit right in.
6. WR Cordell Broadus (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar School) 6-2, 185 ESPN 300 rank: 54
It's no publicity stunt that LSU is after the son of rapper Snoop Dogg. Broadus has the size LSU covets at wide receiver and he has the athleticism to make it a complete package. With the Tigers likely to sign one of the nation's best 2014 receiver classes, given Louisiana's unusual strength at the position, being able to land Johnson, Ferguson and Broadus in 2015 would give LSU talent at the position that would rival the talent it has in its celebrated "DBU" secondary.
The nephew of former NFL running back Merrill Hoge was enamored with LSU on a recent visit and might be the biggest name on the Tigers' 2015 offensive line board. Hoge has a long body type that fits the mold of most of LSU's recent offensive line commitments. With his natural strength he might project as a center, where the Tigers might still have a huge need the year after current starter Elliott Porter is scheduled to graduate.
LSU has hybrid tight ends DeSean Smith and Jacory Washington in its 2013 and 2014 classes and in 2015, Mouton could provide the Tigers with another athletic tight end. Mouton represents the end of a rare drought in the usually talent-rich Acadiana region, the area around Lafayette, which, despite fielding strong high school teams, lacked major prospects in Louisiana's banner 2014 class.
While Brossette is Louisiana's top-ranked running back for 2015, there are some who prefer Guice, who offers similar size to Brossette but perhaps with more speed, as he turned heads by running a wind-aided 10.5 100-meter dash early in track season. Guice split carries with a Division I-bound senior last season, so his junior season might bring more carries, more production and perhaps increased stock.
10. OG Adrian Magee (Franklinton, La./Franklinton) 6-5, 315 ESPN 300 rank: 105
Magee is a massive inside lineman who has emerged as the early leader to be Louisiana's top 2015 offensive lineman ahead of Notre Dame commit Jerry Tillery (Shreveport/Evangel) and Garrett Thomas (Many, La./Many). Magee is a true inside player and it would be fun to see him in a one-on-one battle with Moton in what would be an epic match of two extremely strong, bulky linemen.