LSU Tigers: Football recruiting

Signing day is here

February, 5, 2014
Signing day is here, and RecruitingNation will have you covered with commitment news to what it means to your favorite team.

Can't get near a TV? Check out our signing day special on WatchESPN from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ET And we'll have three online shows on ESPN3 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Here's a full list of announcements.

Here's how the class rankings stack up heading into the day. Check back regularly, as these will be updated each hour.

Where will the nation's top uncommitted players go? Go the the Hot Board Insider for our experts' predictions.

And if you're stuck in the office but want to follow along, join our signing day chat, which will run from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ET. We'll have our team of experts checking in throughout the day you keep you updated breaking news.

2015 ESPN 300 release chat

July, 16, 2013
If you’re looking for the elite football prospects in the Class of 2015, there’s no need to wait until next year, RecruitingNation has you covered.

We unveiled the ESPN 300 player rankings for the rising junior class earlier today, marking the first time we have compiled a top-300 list for underclassmen. There’s still much for fans to digest with the release, so we’ve recruited our scouts and reporters for a Tuesday chat (beginning at 2 p.m. ET) to shed some light on the list and to make sure fans are familiar with this talented cast of stars.

In addition to participating here, you can follow along on Facebook or tweet us your questions using #ESPNJr300.

Christian LaCouture pledges to LSU

November, 3, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's big recruiting weekend has yielded a much-needed commitment.

Christian LaCouture, a defensive tackle from Lincoln, Neb./Southwestern became the Tigers' 24th member of its 2013 class Friday night when he pledged to the Tigers, his father confirmed. LaCouture, who was formerly committed to the hometown Huskers, is in Baton Rouge with his mother for an official visit.

LaCouture, who moved to Nebraska during the summer from College Station, Texas, is LSU's second defensive tackle commitment of the class, addressing an area where the Tigers had a major need. Facing the loss of senior Josh Downs and the likely loss of highly regarded junior Bennie Logan to the NFL draft, LSU needed both numbers and quality to be able to maintain the depth at the position that has allowed defensive coordinator John Chavis to routinely employ a four-man rotation.

LaCouture might fit the bill. With great length (6-foot-5) and a large frame, LaCouture is an athlete who had drawn a lot of major college attention, with offers from the likes of Michigan, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Baylor. He'll need to add bulk -- he is listed at 267 pounds -- but will come to LSU with similar size to Michael Brockers, another native Texan, when he arrived at LSU.

LaCouture will join Tevin Lawson of Denham Springs, La./Denham Springs as defensive tackles in this class. LSU is hosting more high-profile defensive tackles this weekend with ESPN 300 tackles Greg Gilmore and Justin Manning set to visit.


Beckwith dominates in 2012 debut 

September, 8, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Kendell Beckwith spent his summer getting timed, observed and wooed at various college camps, including LSU's.

It was all as a linebacker/defensive end hybrid, his future positions when he gets to college as arguably Louisiana's top-rated 2013 prep recruit and the No. 15 player nationally in the ESPN150.

On Friday night, however, he was back at the position where, locally, he's best known. At quarterback, he passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Clinton, La./East Feliciana to a 37-8 win over Baton Rouge, La./Capitol at Memorial Stadium.

2014 WR Trey Quinn focused on football 

July, 20, 2012
Two-sport star Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) opted to take the summer off from one of his sports, baseball, to concentrate on what may be his better sport, football.

That decision is starting to pay off.

After receiving an offer from LSU at the end of LSU's summer camp on Wednesday, the Class of 2014 wide receiver rode with his father to College Station, Texas, to a visit to Texas A&M Thursday. There, he received an offer from Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin.

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Willis has a top 16 

July, 10, 2012
Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) planned to release a list of his top 15 schools shortly after the opening, but settled on a final 16 when it became too difficult to cut an additional program.

The schools that made the cut for Willis are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

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With a recent trio of signing class additions, LSU bumped up four spots to No. 11 in the ESPN recruiting class rankings.

The Tigers have had three commitments since Friday, including ESPN150 tight end DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe). LSU also brought in four-star defensive end Lewis Neal (Wilson, N.C./Hunt) and three-star athlete Melvin Jones (Lake Charles, La./Washington-Marion).

LSU was not the only big mover Friday. Florida State jumped from No. 9 to No. 5. USC bumped up to No. 6 from No. 8. Georgia dropped to No. 8 from No. 5 and Washington debuted at No. 21.
At Lake Charles, La.'s Barbe High School, playing tight end doesn't mean lining up next to a tackle and blocking all the time.

Desean Smith
Gary Laney/ESPN.comDeSean Smith might be used in a number of ways at LSU.
It means playing wide out on some plays, going deep for passes from quarterback Kennon Fontenot, and working in concert with Bucs 2014 receiving prospect Trey Quinn to wreak havoc on secondaries.

So it was much to the delight of DeSean Smith, Barbe's tight end ranked No. 143 in the ESPN 150, to see LSU air it out with quarterback Zach Mettenberger at the spring game March 31. It wasn't the grind-it-out Tigers of the 2011. It was an LSU offense he could see himself fitting into.

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Vanderdoes names his top 15 

June, 18, 2012
Monday was a busy day for commitments in the West region, but defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) isn't exactly ready to jump into the commitment scene. More than half of the top 30 players in the West have already made verbal commitments, but Vanderdoes is taking things slowly. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman took to twitter to release a list of his top 15 schools.

Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the cut. Vanderdoes included in his tweet that he will be cutting that down to a top 10 group soon.

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Marcus Spears reviews LSU Pro Day
Paul Finebaum and ESPN's Marcus Spears discuss LSU Pro Day and players that stood out.