Thursday, December 13, 2012
Mailbag: Who will the Tigers take?
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney answers your questions on LSU recruiting:
LSU has 23 players committed in its 2013 signing class. Who do you think will commit with the Tigers to finish the class?
Gary Laney: I'm going to guess LSU brings in five more before it's over.
Even though he enjoyed his visit to Alabama, I'm going to guess on Kendell Beckwith, the state's top-rated player. I'm sensing a good vibe for LSU coming from his camp. I don't, however, get the same vibe from the camp of Tim Williams, who I expect to go out of state.
LSU's also in the picture for a lot of national recruits, even the No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche. I'm not going to predict a win there, but I do think as the draft picture gets more clear and prospects see Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and possibly Bennie Logan all projected to go in the first two rounds, they'll take notice. With that in mind, there's a good chance that LSU lands one more highly regarded national recruit, let's say Florida DT Maquedius Bain.
The secondary can be seen in much the same way. The whole "DBU" thing holds sway with many people. With that in mind, there's a good chance that a national DB prospect will pick the Tigers, who will be pitching not only reputation but also a chance to play early -- particularly a need at safety where Eric Reid figures to go pro. One possibility is Priest Willis, who will visit this weekend along with Bain.
That's three. To finish, it could require a look at under-the-radar guys, the ones who weren't on the top of lists at the end of the summer, but emerged with huge senior years. One who's emerging is Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel tight end/fullback Cethan Carter, whose versatility can allow the Tigers to address needs at two positions with one player.
The fifth signee? Somebody we know little about right now, or know about, but don't associate with LSU. Cop-out answer, but these guys are always part of a signing class. As we get closer to the zero hour, teams will be evaluating unfulfilled needs and uncommitted players will be looking around for where they might fit in. It's easy to see LSU getting a wide receiver or perhaps even another defensive lineman this way.
You saw a lot of high school football this season. What player impressed you the most?
GL: Two answers for me.
The best player I saw was New Orleans/St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, whose mix of size, speed, football instinct and football IQ have him on a very short list of best high school running backs I've seen in Louisiana. We're talking about a list that is topped by Kevin Faulk and the ill-fated Cecil Collins, so that's saying something.
The most impressive LSU commit was Desean Smith, the tight end from Lake Charles who can look a lot like a wide receiver in the Ricky Seals-Jones mold. Smith is tall, has excellent hands and runs as well as many big wide receivers. With LSU missing on Seals-Jones, I can see Smith being flexed out wide in much the same way he was used in his high school's high-powered spread offense.
Player such as Beckwith and speedster Jeryl Brazil might be better prospects, but one could easily imagine Smith fitting into an immediate, well-defined and prominent role at LSU.