- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
It was the worst-kept secret in recruiting.
After four-star defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) left an official visit to LSU on Dec. 16, word spread that he had committed to the Tigers. The rumor was quickly refuted, as Bain told media he intended to make his choice at the Under Armor All-American Game, which will kick off at 5 p.m. ET Friday live on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Today, at UA Game practice at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., he made his choice.
No surprise: He chose the Tigers.
The tackle, ranked No. 43 in the ESPN 150, is now the highest-ranked commit in LSU’s Class of 2013, leading to what the Tigers hope will be a strong finish to the recruiting season.
Kendell Beckwith, the nation’s No. 2 athlete and No. 19 overall prospect, will choose between LSU and Alabama during the live telecast of the Under Armour Game on Friday. LSU is also in the final two for the nation’s top-ranked player, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, and is pushing hard for top-50 prospect Priest Willis. Both are playing in the UA Game.
If LSU can build off the momentum of Bain’s commitment, it could significantly improve a class already ranked No. 8 in the ESPN team rankings. He is the 24th commitment for the Tigers, the fifth from among the ESPN 150.
Bain will be the icing on the cake for what’s rounding into an outstanding class of defensive tackles for the Tigers. Already, LSU has commitments from ESPN 150 tackle Greg Gilmore and three-star tackle Christian LaCouture. Tevin Lawson, an ESPN 300 player who projects as an offensive guard, committed to LSU as a defensive tackle and could play either for the Tigers.
LSU is likely to have an immediate need at the position. The Tigers figure to lose both starters Josh Downs, a senior, and Bennie Logan, a highly regarded junior who figures to go in the first two rounds of the NFL draft if he chooses to come out early as expected.
The Tigers have a couple of proven players coming back in rising juniors Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, but competition should be wide open for what defensive coordinator John Chavis usually likes as a four-man rotation.
The true freshman will compete with rising sophomores Quentin Thomas and Mickey Johnson for playing time. Bain, former Florida State commit, figures to be right in that mix. A 6-foot-5 former basketball player, he has the wingspan, natural bulk and athleticism to compete immediately for playing time.