Monday, January 7, 2013
Recruiting Week in Review: LSU
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- No LSU commit won MVP, nor scored a touchdown at the Under Armour All-American game.
Yet, it was a huge, huge game for LSU recruiting.
Kendell Beckwith's commitment this weekend was necessary good news for LSU.
LSU landed its two biggest commits in its 25-man 2013 class at the Under Armor game as defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, ranked No. 43 in the ESPN 150, committed Wednesday. Kendell Beckwtih, ranked No. 19 by ESPN, then committed during the first quarter of the game Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The context of their commitments is what makes their pledges so important for the Tigers.
With the loss in the bowl game and the roster losses to attrition, it was huge for LSU's program to land a couple of highly-regarded players to break up the streak of bad news. Prior to their arrivals, the highest-ranked player in the class was cornerback Jeryl Brazil, who won the hands competition at the UA Game. LSU had plenty of participation in the UA Game with defensive tackle Greg Gilmore and offensive lineman Ethan Pocic joining Brazil and the two new commits in the game.
The UA Game also represented LSU's best hope for its immediate recruiting future. The top two targets remaining on LSU's wish list -- consensus No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche, a defensive end, and defensive back Priest Willis -- also played in the game. And, after the departure of middle linebacker Kevin Minter to the NFL, the Tigers could try to work itself into the sweepstakes of Reuben Foster, the uncommitted linebacker who was named the game's Most Valuable Player.